Iran: A Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning

 Friday, December 11, 2015 12:50:28 PM

Iran: A Woman Sentenced to Death by StoningRecent reports indicate that a woman has been allegedly sentenced to death by stoning on vague charges of �adultery�, the chief justice of Gilan Province, Abbas Parsamanesh, said. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in the murder of her husband Arash Babaipoor Tabrizi-Nejad, news agencies reported.
Parsamanesh added that the prime suspect in the court identified as R.A was sentenced to be punished by �retaliation in kind� (Qisas) under Iran�s Islamic Penal Code.
As such, Miss. A.Kh and Mr. S.A were convicted to 25 years in prison each for �participating in the murder of Mr. Babaipoor Tabrizi-Nejad, the chief justice said. In addition, Mr. R.A was sentenced to 100 lashes for �adultery�, rights groups declared.
Miss. A.Kh will be hanged by gallows if the stoning penalty is rejected by judiciary officials, according to reports.
Stoning (Rajm) is commonly used as a form of capital punishment called �Hudud� wherein an organized crowd throws stones at a convicted person until the victim dies. Under Islamic Law, it is the ordained penalty in cases of �adultery� committed by a married man or married woman with others who are not her/his legal partner.
The local weblog known as Lahig said that Mr. Babaipoor Tabrizi-Nejad was stabbed to death. He lost his life after arriving at the hospital emergency room.
However, the stoning of Sakineh Ashtiani has had global repercussions in these last years.
Previously, an Iranian woman Sakineh Ashtiani, who was sentenced to capital punishment for conducting an illicit relationship outside of marriage in 2006 was freed after having spent about ten years in Tabriz prison. The woman convicted of alleged adultery was arrested in 2005 on charges of adultery and conspiracy to commit murder causing the death of her husband. She was sentenced to death by stoning [the sentence was to be implemented in July 2010] but the Iranian authorities indicated in December 2011 that they intend to go ahead with her execution by hanging.


By: Kaveh Taheri