Monday 29 May 2017

Woman facing death by stoning may be hanged

Ali Akbar Dareini in Tehran

Authorities in Iran announced yesterday they were moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is already behind bars, serving a 10-year sentence on a separate conviction in the murder of her husband.

Amid international outrage, Iran suspended plans in July 2010 to carry out her death sentence on the adultery conviction.

But yesterday, a senior judiciary official said experts were studying whether the punishment of stoning could be changed to hanging.

"As soon as the result (of the investigation) is obtained, we will carry out the sentence," said Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the justice department of East Azerbaijan province, where Ashtiani is jailed.

Irish Independent

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