Iran 'stoning woman' may be hanged

2011-12-25 14:44

Tehran - A woman sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for adultery may be hanged instead, a justice official was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency on Sunday.

The woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, "has two sentences, one regarding adultery for which she was sentenced to stoning, and the other for being an accomplice to murdering her husband for which she received a 10-year prison term," said Malek Ajdar Sharifi, head of Iran's East Azarbaijan province's justice department.

But, "since we did not have facilities for stoning her", authorities were informed, Fars news agency quoted Sharifi as saying.

Sharifi said the chief of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, had responded by saying that "since the main purpose is execution then, if there are no facilities for stoning according to sharia, it could be changed to hanging".

But Larijani decided "to wait to get the view of other religious scholars and then a clear decision will be taken", according to Sharifi.

No hurry

"We said there was no hurry," as Mohammadi Ashtiani is serving her 10-year jail sentence, he said. "We are waiting for the results of deliberations."

Mohammadi Ashtiani was sentenced to death by two courts in the northwest city of Tabriz, capital of East Azarbaijan province, in separate trials in 2006.

A sentence to hang for her involvement in the murder of her husband was commuted to the 10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007.

The second sentence, to be executed by stoning, was on adultery charges levelled over several relationships, notably with the man convicted of her husband's murder.

The stoning sentence was upheld by another appeals court the same year, in a case that drew widespread international condemnation.

But in July 2010, Iran suspended the stoning sentence pending a new examination of her case.
Sharifi earlier this year said "anything is possible" when asked by Fars news agency whether

Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence for adultery could be overturned.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-25 15:16

    There was no viable evidence on either count - these men are anti-women and blame them for everything. They need opposing all the way

      Ben - 2011-12-25 15:54

      Savages in a country where a woman is seen as inferior to a man and not allowed to make their own decisions. I agree with you Judith.

      archins.ndhlovu - 2011-12-25 17:38

      Its not about hatred because Islam law requires such punishment,but does hanging her or stoning change anything in her

      Barry - 2011-12-25 19:30

      I don't see what all the fuss is about. Many states in USA use Lethal Injection to execute murderers. Am I wrong ?

  • Robin Dyers - 2011-12-25 15:55

    Imagine one stone hits you: so painful. Imagine so many stones hit you, crush you skull, break bones, mince you muscles, rupture internal organs... until your heart stops beating and you pass away. Why is this still tolerated by the world? Sovereignty by damned!

  • Mary - 2011-12-25 15:56

    No facilities for stoning? I'd guess that nobody could be found to cast the first stone.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-25 16:07


      Boaz - 2011-12-26 09:49

      This country is building a nuke (while we all sleeping)! With their brainwashed fanaticism our future is bleak :(

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-25 16:12

    10 Years for murder, death for a bit of sex. I think they may have some serious flaws in their laws.

  • Ryan Holland - 2011-12-25 16:38

    And very soon these people will have nuclear weapons. This nonsense needs to be opposed.

  • spartan888 - 2011-12-25 19:01

    Screw shariah law, its a load of BS!!!

      spartanx93 - 2011-12-25 22:17

      Shria law is good for certain aspects such as ridding society of murders, drug runners & rapists, but going ofter someone for committing adultry is a bit overboard. I just find christians in general are to soft on issues like this and just complain but take no real action, whereas, islam is about action not talk.

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-25 22:13

    catholics shoudl be stoned for fondling little boys ;)

      Andy - 2012-01-15 21:08

      You bigot, your comment must rank as the most stupid post ever.

  • Barry - 2011-12-26 12:32

    If there was no religion, what a wonderful world it would be.

      Jaba - 2011-12-26 17:40

      u mean Islam... there doesnt seem to be a problem with other

      Barry - 2011-12-27 00:40

      @Jaba. No I mean ALL religion. Religion is the most destructive tool for people like you.

  • Neville - 2012-01-15 20:59

    Some of this arabs is mad they want to control everyone with the gun

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