Jerusalem, March 27 – Iran executed one citizen per day in 2011, according to a report published Tuesday by Amnesty International. Among the crimes punishable by death are adultery and sodomy.
Officially, Tehran executed 360 people last year but that does not “account for the probable extent of Iran’s use of the death penalty – Amnesty International has had credible reports of substantial numbers of executions not officially acknowledged.”
Amnesty says the real number of executions in Iran could be double the governmental figure. At least three people were killed for crimes they committed when they were juveniles, in contravention of international law.
In numerous cases executions were carried out based on ‘confessions’ extracted from suspects after torture, according to Amnesty.
Meanwhile, Tehran issued a message of support to the Syrian regime, which has killed thousands of its own people during the last year.
“Iran’s humanitarian aid to Damascus started following measures taken by our country’s Foreign Ministry and in continuation of Tehran’s political support for the Syrian people,” Amir-Abdullahian said.
A report on Press TV said Amir-Abdullahian “praised the country’s historical resistance against Israel and stressed Iran’s all-out support for Damascus.”