Stoning Sentence

Death Threat Against
Woman Shames Iran

The death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year old mother of two accused of adultery, is provoking worldwide indignation against Iran.
Although Ashtiani’s sentence to die by stoning has reportedly been suspended, in part because of objections expressed by several nations, the regime hasn’t said whether she will still face another way of execution.
The sentencing to death by stoning is commonly issued by Iran’s justice system, but in some instances, it’s changed to hanging. Woman rights activists say that a disproportionally high number of the executed have been women.
Amnesty International said, in a statement, that “a mere change of the method of execution would not address the injustice faced by Ashtiani.” Human Rights Watch said she was first convicted in May 2006 of having an “illicit relationship” with two men and sentenced to 99 lashes. But later she was also convicted of adultery, despite having retracted a confession made under duress.
World political leaders, artists and celebrities are among the over 37,000 signatures on a petition for Ashtiani’s immediate release from prison. The ultimate decision is up to the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who’s yet to make a statement on the issue.

One thought on “Stoning Sentence

  1. justdc says:

    It is too sad, I hope she isn’t executed at all in the end!


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