Judiciary official says woman to be stoned for husband's murder, not just adultery
Los Angeles Times
12-Jul-2010 (6 comments)

In a surprise announcement, a judiciary official in provincial Iran said a woman who had been convicted and sentenced to stoning for adultery had also been convicted of murder.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two in the Tabriz area, had been convicted of cheating on her late husband, apparently a murder victim, and sentenced to die by stoning, a ruling that is officially under review, according to Iranian judiciary officials.

But on Sunday, Malek Ejdar Sharifi, head of East Azerbaijan Province's judiciary, told the official Islamic Republic News Agency (in Persian): "Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has not been convicted of illicit sex only," he said. ""She has been found guilty of numerous and extremely heavy offenses. She was sentenced to capital punishment [in 2006] in the criminal court in Tabriz, the center of the province, for committing murder, manslaughter and adultery."

That's fresh news. Up until Sharifi's comments, Iranian officials and her lawyer said she was only convicted of adultery. Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, said his client had been convicted of having a hand in her husband's death but that the charge played no role in the death sentence against her, especially since her children did not want to pursue the murder charge against their mother. She was handed a 10-year sentence for the murder, her lawyer said.

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"detrioration of human rights in Iran"

by fooladi on

Detrioration? I thought this has been the Modus operandi since 1980.......


Shifteh Ansari is correct

by Abarmard on

She got my comment correctly. Sorry for trying to be sarcastic and sent to some a wrong message.

Shifteh Ansari

My take

by Shifteh Ansari on

I understand from Abarmard's comment that he is disgusted with how bad things are in Islamic Republic of Iran right now.  From this message I don't get the feeling that he is trying to sweep the stoning issue under the carpet.  It seems to me he is disheartened with the detrioration of human rights in Iran just like the rest of us.


Louie Louie- Abarmard is correct

by Onlyiran on

we should sweep the whole "stoning" thingie under the carpet and pretend that it doesn't happen...it will then all go away....and the IRI will be one happy amusement park...

Louie Louie

Abarmard I know on this site you are famous for being civil and

by Louie Louie on

gentlemanlike but I find you absolutely sick and twisted. What kind of a comment is that? Shame on you!


How many great news coming out of Iran?

by Abarmard on

Hair styles, embarrassing clothing suggestions, stoning human beings!

If I didn't know any better, I would say that Iranians are bunch of savages in desperate need of poetry and humanity lessons.