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Convict survives hanging, but regime wants another try

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TEHRAN, Iran — The case of an Iranian drug smuggler who faces a second execution attempt after surviving his first hanging has stirred an international outcry over what human rights groups consider Iran’s excessive resort to the death penalty.

London-based Amnesty International issued an appeal Thursday for the Tehran regime to spare the life of the convict, who reportedly man hung for 12 minutes from a noose hoisted by a crane in the prison courtyard. He was pronounced dead by a doctor who witnessed the execution.

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