Iran sentences three to death over alleged corruption

Iran sentences three to death over alleged corruption

Three people were sentenced to death in Iran over alleged corruption crimes, state television reported yesterday.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said the courts handed down out death sentences to three defendants after convicting them of "spreading corruption on earth", a capital offence under Iran’s Islamic laws.

Mohseni Ejei did not name the three but said the sentences could be appealed to the supreme court. He noted that 32 other defendants were sentenced to jail terms of up to 20 years for economic crimes, IRNA reported.

Mohseni Ejei warned truck drivers who have continued their protests for higher wages and affordable parts despite several rounds of arrests, Reuters reported.

"Harsh penalties await those who ... block lorry traffic on roads," he said, according to IRNA.