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IRAN: Interior Minister says drug traffickers must be hanged

NCRI = The Iranian regime’s Interior Minister in Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet says “Drug traffickers must be hanged and the judiciary should not have any mercy in dealing with these individuals.”

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said: “There are pressure on us by the world for hanging drug traffickers. The reason is that the drug business has income of thousands of billions and those involved support the terrorist networks and give them money,” the state-run news agency ISNA.

His call for execution of those accused of drug trafficking comes three weeks after he admitted that ‘Dirty money,’ including money obtained from drug trafficking ‘has entered the political life in Iran and used in elections and decision making’.

Abdolreza Ahmadi-fazli was quoted by official news agency IRNA on February 20 as saying: “A large The clerical regime affiliated gangs are the main distributor of drugs in the country as its agents intentionally propagate the use of drugs among the youth and teenagers, particularly high school and university students, in order to divert their attention from getting involved in anti-government activities.”

The members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have seized control of drug trafficking throughout the country, using the multi-billion-dollar trade to establish links with a global crime network and further its goal of undermining the West.

The minister’s remarks comes days after a report from the office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Human Rights Council cataloged U.N. concerns about rights violations in Iran, described the high rate of executions in Iran a ‘deeply troubling.’

The reports said: “The Secretary-General remains deeply troubled by the continuing large number of executions, including of political prisoners and juveniles”.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has recently come under criticism for giving aid to Iran which the highest rate executions per capita in the world.

The UNODC receives significant funding from the UK, France and the EU, among others.