The European Union has condemned in the "strongest terms" the execution of 29 people at a notorious prison in Tehran last month.
The country's state broadcaster IRIB even broadcast interviews with ten of the condemned men in which they said they deserved to be killed for their crimes, which reportedly included rape, murder and "disrupting public security and peace."
"The 29 who were executed were involved in the smuggling of narcotics on a wide scale, organised crime, murder and armed robbery," said Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi.
The executions, which were carried out on Sunday 27th July, bring the total number in 2008 to more than 150.
In 2005 Iran sparked international outrage when it publicly executed two teenage boys.
Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were hanged because according to the regime they were rapists, however gay campaigners insist the boys were killed under Sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.
At first it was claimed by Iranian officials that they were aged 18 and 19.
The best evidence is that both youths were aged 17 when they were executed and therefore minors, aged 15 or 16, at the time of their alleged crimes.
Iranian human rights campaigners estimate that 4,000 gay men have been executed since the Islamic revolution in 1979. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-8603.html http://gayswithoutborders.wordpress.com/