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Iran halts stoning of woman

July 12, 2010

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— The controversial death sentence by stoning for an Iranian woman convicted of adultery will not be implemented for now, a judicial official said on Sunday.

The world outcry over the death sentence has become the latest issue in Iran’s fraught relationship with the international community.

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the top judicial official in the province where the mother of two was convicted, told the Iranian state news agency that her crimes were “various and very serious” and not limited to adultery, but that the sentence “will not be implemented for the time being.”

He added Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s stoning would still take place if the judiciary wanted, despite the “propaganda” by the West.

The United States, Britain and international human rights groups have all urged Tehran not to carry out the sentence.

The first indication that the government had changed its mind came with a statement by the Iranian embassy in London that the stoning would not occur.

Ashtiani is currently being held in East Azerbaijan province’s jail.

Human Rights Watch, one of several groups publicizing Ashtiani’s case, said she was first convicted in May 2006 of having an “illicit relationship” with two men following the death of her husband — for which a court in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, sentenced her to 99 lashes.

But later that year she was also convicted of adultery, despite having retracted a confession which she claims was made under duress.

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jaywalker 3 years, 9 months ago

Things are backward all over. Recently in India a mother killed her daughter because she wanted to marry a boy beneath their caste (Brahmin). It's called an "honor" killing.

But I'm sure that's looked up on as "western propoganda" too.

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Mixolydian 3 years, 9 months ago

The muslims temporarily postponed a stoning execution of an alleged adulterous woman.

I guess Islam really is the religion of peace after all.

I mean, we're not talking about a small isolated band of crazy Islamic terrorists, this is an entire nation of muslims who collectively decided to temporarily postpone the public stoning execution of an alleged adulterous woman.

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