Iranian new anti-narcotics law saved thousands of convicts from death penalty

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Iranian new anti-narcotics law saved thousands of convicts from death penalty

In Iran, a new softened anti-narcotics law has been enforced that will pave way for thousands of convicts on death row for drug crimes to escape hanging.

Iranian media reported today that Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani has ordered judges to halt death sentences for the concerned convicts and review their cases.

Larijani said most convicts will see their death sentences commuted to jail terms of between twenty five to thirty years.

Parliament has already passed the amended drug law after years of internal debate between police, the judiciary and lawmakers.