Monday, December 26, 2011

Iran Considers Commuting Woman's Sentence Of Death By Stoning... To Hanging

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- A woman sentenced to die by stoning will be executed, Iranian officials said Monday, but the method of execution is still being debated, according to an Iranian media report.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's case drew international attention after she was sentenced to die by stoning for adultery.

"This lady is accused of two crimes," Hojatoleslam Sharifi, the judiciary chief of Eastern Azarbaijan province, said at a news conference Monday, the semi-official Iran Student's News Agency reported. "One is adultery, which is punishable by stoning to death, and the other is assisting in her husband's murder. She is currently serving 10 years for helping to kill her husband."

He said "we did not have the needed facility for stoning," so officials asked the then-head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, for advice, Sharifi said. "He was too busy at the time, and this issue was left for his successor to handle."
Read the rest here.

What Iran does inside its own borders is not the business of the US Government. But there is nothing that says private citizens can't express an opinion. FWIW mine is that these people are barbarians.


Anastasia Theodoridis said...

There are also a lot of modern, sohpisticated, educated Iranians. A lot. (Unless they've all fled by now...)

CJ said...


As an Orthodox Christian, how do you reconcile God commanding the stoning of adulterers with calling the Iranians barbarians?

Please understand that I am not trolling. I am a Protestant considering Orthodoxy and I am curious as to how these things are understood.

Visibilium said...

Theocracy isn't part of our tradition.