Women's Rights & Movements in IranAn adulteress could in theory be stoned, Iran prosecutor...

An adulteress could in theory be stoned, Iran prosecutor says


Washington Post: Iran’s chief prosecutor on Monday contradicted earlier statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by saying a woman convicted of adultery could in theory still be stoned to death for her crime.

The Washington Post

By Thomas Erdbrink
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, September 27, 2010; 8:59 PM

TEHRAN – Iran’s chief prosecutor on Monday contradicted earlier statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by saying a woman convicted of adultery could in theory still be stoned to death for her crime.

But Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei stressed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was convicted of cheating on her husband in 2006, is more likely to be executed by hanging, instead of receiving the stoning sentence, a Shiite Islamic punishment for adultery.

“In regard to Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, such a verdict [stoning] has been issued, but the case must finish its process and stages,” Mohseni-Ejei, a former minister of intelligence, said during a weekly press conference. “In the holy religion of Islam the methods to prove extra-marital affairs is very hard,” he said, explaining that a conviction for murder weighed more heavily than one for adultery.

“Retribution [death by hanging] has priority over Islamic punishment [stoning],” Mohseni-Ejei told the Iranian Labor News Agency.

Key elements of the case against Ashtiani are in dispute. She originally pleaded guilty in May 2006 to having an illicit relationship with two men after the death of her husband and received 99 lashes as punishment. Four months later, when a separate court prosecuted one of the two men on charges of killing her husband, she was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

Iranian authorities subsequently said Ashtiani had committed murder. In August, she confessed on state-run television that she had been an accomplice in her husband’s murder and had committed adultery with his cousin. But her attorney said she made the statements under duress after being tortured for two days, and she told London’s Guardian newspaper through an intermediary that Iranian officials were lying about the murder charge.

Ahmadinejad last week denied during an interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week” that Ashtiani was ever sentenced to stoning, saying the “news was made up.”

The case has led to worldwide protests, even igniting a war of words between an Iranian state newspaper and the wife of the French president. The paper called Carla Bruni a “prostitute” for publicly supporting the convicted Iranian woman.

Latest news

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

How Internet Censorship Is Damaging Iran’s Economy

While in the last four months, internet access in Iran has been cut off or severely limited, the regime’s...

Iran Regime’s Upcoming Budget Bill Will Lead To More Protests

On January 12, the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi handed over the country’s budget bill to the parliament.  According...

Must read

Rice tells Iran, Syria not to “torpedo” cease-fire

Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned Syria...

Coming US Crackdown on Iran

Iran Focus London, 26 Apr - Soon the US...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you