TEHRAN, April 15 (Reuters) - The number of executions in Iran is "not high", the judiciary said on Tuesday, responding to an Amnesty International report that listed the Islamic Republic as the world's second most prolific executioner in 2007.
European governments and Western rights groups have criticised Iran for an increasing number of hangings since authorities launched a clampdown on "immoral behaviour" in July.Amnesty said on Tuesday that Iran had executed 317 people last year. China, the world's leading executioner, carried out at least 470 death sentences in 2007, the rights group said.

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