BC-ML--Iran-Death Penalt, 0137
Contributed by NAMPA / Associated Press.
Iran moves to end death penalty for some drug crimes<
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's parliament has voted to end the death penalty for certain drug violations in a move that could prevent some 5,000 convicted smugglers from being executed.
The semi-official ISNA news agency says a majority of lawmakers voted Sunday to amend the law so that only drug kingpins, armed dealers and those convicted of smuggling more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of opium or two kilograms of heroin ...