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Iran defies ban to stone man to death for adultery… but repentant woman wins reprieve


ImageDaily Mail: A man found guilty of adultery has been stoned to death in Iran, despite a moratorium on such executions.

The Daily Mail

By Michael Theodoulou

ImageA man found guilty of adultery has been stoned to death in Iran, despite a moratorium on such executions.

The woman involved in the case was said to have 'repented' and was spared.

Ali Reza Jamshidi, a spokesman for the judiciary in the northwestern city of Rasht, where the execution took place, said the man died on March 5.

The woman, who was not identified, has 'repented and so has not been stoned,' he said.

Iranian news websites identified the condemned man as Vali Azad, a 30-year-old government employee. No further details were released.

A person condemned to death by stoning is buried in a pit with their hands tied behind their back. Men are buried to the waist, while women are buried deeper, to stop the stones from hitting their breasts.

Iran's penal code stipulates the stones should 'not be large enough to kill by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones'.

Amnesty International says the punishment is 'specifically designed to increase the suffering of the victim'.

Five Iranians have reportedly been stoned to death in the past four years, despite a 2002 order by judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi imposing a moratorium on the practice.

The stoning of Azad follows Friday's execution of Delara Darabi, 23, despite calls from the international community for a reprieve.

She was 17 when she confessed to the killing of her father's cousin, before retracting her confession, saying she had been defending her 19-year-old boyfriend.

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