Iranian media say the country has begun implementing new guidelines that will prevent thousands of convicted drug smugglers from being executed.
The pro-reform Shargh newspaper and other dailies reported today that Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the judiciary, has ordered officials to "quickly" review cases and implement the new regulations.
Rights groups say Iran is among the world's leading executioners. The country does not release official figures on executions.
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