Adultress Sentenced to Death by Stoning
TEHRAN -- An Iranian woman has
been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, local media
reported on Saturday, although Tehran maintains it no longer
executes women in this way. The woman, named only as Soghra,
was found guilty of having an affair with her husband's
friend, the Etemad daily reported. She was also given a
separate 15-year jail sentence for helping her lover kill
Iran has met international criticism for handing out stoning
sentences for adultery. The penalty involves victims being
buried up to their midriffs and then pelted to death with
stones that are not big enough to kill instantly.
Judiciary officials say no woman has been executed by
stoning for several years and that stoning sentences are
routinely changed to other forms of execution, such as
hanging, or lighter sentences.
"The Islamic code obliges the judge to issue the stoning
sentence in adultery cases, however the head of the
judiciary may change the final sentence," a judiciary
official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.
"He might even use his jurisdiction to change execution to
lashes," he said.