TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's official news agency is reporting that five prisoners have been hanged in public, including a convicted serial killer. The others had been found guilty of rape and armed robbery.
Thursday's hangings brought the number of executions to 130 since the beginning of the year. The figure was compiled from local media reports.
International rights groups have criticized Iran for the growing pace of hangings.
Iran's population is estimated at 78 million. To date, the US has executed 19 nationwide, with a population estimated at 308 million in 2010.
Rants and raves. Everyone's got a bone to pick!
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