Iranian Woman to be Spared Death by Stoning After Adultery Conviction

March 18, 2014

iran2A sentence of death by stoning handed down against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery in 2006 will not be carried out, a senior judicial official said on Tuesday.

The judgement, which drew widespread international condemnation, was overtaken by a separate death sentence on charges of complicity in her husband’s murder, which was commuted to a 10-year jail term in 2007, the judiciary’s human rights chief said.

The stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani was upheld by a different appeals court in 2007, but in 2010 Iran suspended the stoning sentence pending a new examination of her case.

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