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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