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Iran to review stoning verdict

2010-07-10 09:43

Tehran - Iran's top human rights official says the death by stoning sentence for a 43-year-old woman convicted of adultery is under review.

The sentence to stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to death drew worldwide outcry after it was publicized by her lawyer, who had warned she was facing imminent execution.

British media reported late on Thursday that the stoning would not occur, citing the Iranian embassy in London.

Mohammed Javad Larijani of Iran's human rights council told the state news agency Saturday that the "review and appeal of the verdict is on the agenda."

He added that converting sentences of stoning to alternative punishments is common.

While judges often hand down stoning sentences, they are rarely implemented.