Iran amends adultery stoning law

AFP-JIJI

Iran has amended its internationally condemned law on stoning convicted adulterers to death to allow judges to impose a different form of execution, according to the revision seen Thursday.

The controversial practice, in which stones are thrown at the partially buried offender, has provoked outcries from human rights organizations, international bodies and Western countries urging Iran to abandon it.

An article of Iran’s Islamic new penal code, published this week, states that “if the possibility of carrying out the (stoning) verdict does not exist,” the judge may order another form of execution pending final approval by the judiciary chief. The article does not explain what is meant by the possibility of stoning not existing.

  • http://twitter.com/midnightbrewer Cailean Babcock

    And by “adulterers” they mean “women”. Seriously, I’d be interested to see how many men have ever been convicted of adultery?