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France condemns hanging of five people in Iran.

| PARIS, Feb 4 (KUNA) -- The French government on Monday condemned Iran's decision to hang five people convicted of various crimes, which set a strong trend for executions in that country at the start of 2013.

The French Foreign Ministry said that hangings took place on February 4 and that Iran had executed over 400 people during 2012.

It is the second condemnation in a week issued by Paris and follows an earlier statement criticising Iran for two public hangings several days ago.

"These executions violate Iran's international obligations within the International Pact relative of civil and political rights to which Iran freely subscribed," a statement said here.

Since France launched a campaign for the abolition of the death penalty or a moratorium on executions last November, Paris has regularly criticized a number of countries in the Middle East and outside of the Middle East for continuing to use capital punishment.

The Foreign Ministry statement urged Iran to halt capital punishment and issued a message of support to Iranians who are opposed to it. Failing a complete abolition, France called on Tehran to set a deadline for a moratorium on executions. (end) jk.nfm KUNA 041756 Feb 13NNNN

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