William Hague - My Fake Diary

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

In Vakilabad prison, northern Iran, there is a long beam that can take up to 60 nooses. The condemned are made to stand on stools which are then kicked away. Vakilabad's record is 89 executions in one day.

The true number of those executed in Iran is impossible to quantify, especially for those convicted of drug offences.

Bordering Afghanistan, a country responsible for 93% of the world's opium production, Iran faces a formidable challenge in combating trafficking. Those efforts have been given a considerable boost by the introduction of 200 sniffer dogs at airports and ports. Seizures attributed to the dogs jumped from 23,912kg in 2010 to 44,500kg in 2011.

They don't mess about with criminals do they?

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