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IRAN: Hard-line official insists stoning penalty for adultery stands, but is under a required review

The hard-line chief of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, the longtime political operator and insider Mohammad-Javad Larijani, says the sentence of stoning against an impoverished mother of two accused of adultery stands, even though it is under a required review. 

Iran-mohammad-javad-larijaniIn other words, 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could still be buried up to her neck and pelted with small rocks until she dies because she was convicted of having sex outside of marriage.

Larijani, a well-connected regime loyalist, blamed the Western media for making a big deal out of nothing.

"Our judicial system cannot change its course because of Western attack and media pressure," he told the official Islamic Republic News Agency in a report published late Friday (in Persian). "The Western media's attack on the Islamic Republic of Iran comes under a pretext every time, and in recent years it is the instructions of the Islamic religious law that have been the target of their attacks."

No one's quite sure what's next for Ashtiani. Larijani said Ashtiani's sentence of death by stoning had not been rescinded, contradicting a statement issued Thursday by the Islamic Republic's embassy in London. 

"Regarding this criminal, I must point out that first of all the punishment of death by stoning exists in our constitution but the esteemed judges issue this verdict on very rare occasions," said Larijani, whose brothers include the head of the judiciary branch and the speaker of parliament. "This case has passed its long procedure, and the defendant was first sentenced to 90 lashes and then, in another court, to death by stoning. The review of this sentence in currently underway."

Her lawyer said even if they halt the stoning, he's worried they'll put her to death by some other means. "We do not know which penalty will be substituted for stoning," her lawyer told Babylon & Beyond. 

He said he's asked for her pardon four times, especially since no private individual is seeking her prosecution -- just the government. "For the sake of the Islamic system and its reputation in the world, nobody should be stoned to death anymore," said Ashtiani's lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai. "If the judiciary branch is attaching importance to the prestige of the system in the world, then the stoning should be stopped."

But Larijani, whom Western diplomats have described as a cynical and power-hungry solider of the Islamic Republic, rejected the contention that the judiciary should consider world opinion or that the high-profile international campaign in support of Ashtiani might make Iran's judicial authorities think twice about putting her to death for committing a sex crime. 

"The commotion that the Western media has started in connection with this case will not affect our judges' views," he said. "The execution of Islamic religious laws on death by stoning, hijab and inheritance has always faced their audacious animosity and basically any issue which hints of religious law is always opposed by them." 

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: Mohammad-Javad Larijani. Credit: Islamic Republic News Agency
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these people are playing god. this is not judgement not religion not politics THIS IS PLAIN MURDER.....

What I don't understand is that according to their own laws she was already punished once and shouldn't be up for prosecution again. So if by their laws she already was punished for the crime and they claim no one is pushing for another punishment, then why is she being prosecuted again. The way things are going they are going to stone her just to prove that the international community can't control them.

These people are barbarians!! And the left wants to negotiate with them over nuclear weapons? Are you kidding me? God Bless this poor mother.

Iran still loves the rope...

Another enlightened religious belief being put into action.

Fundamentalist Islam oppresses women...period!!

Islam needs to undergo the same sort of reformation that other religions have experienced...so that their abused, oppressed women can leave the Dark Ages & join the REST OF US in the 21st century!!

It is wrong for Western nations to condemn Islamic law that allows female circumcision. It has reduced promiscuity, unwanted pregnancies and has benefited the social structure of society. Modification of the clitoris will lower a women's desire for sex, and in doing so will reduce STD. A woman with a modified Clitoris is desired by older men who are not be able to match a younger woman’s sex drive. Clitoral surgery will reduce nervousness in in those who lack clitoral release and help lonely housewives. Western sexologists are now exploring Islamic cultures who have been using clitoral surgery for hundreds of years, it would not be surprising if a full clitoris become a rarity in the West.

Cutting off all men's penises will do the same thing. Will you advocate that?

It is wrong for Western nations to condemn Islamic law that allows female circumcision. It has reduced promiscuity, unwanted pregnancies and has benefited the social structure of society. Modification of the clitoris will lower a women's desire for sex, and in doing so will reduce STD. A woman with a modified Clitoris is desired by older men who are not be able to match a younger woman’s sex drive. Clitoral surgery will reduce nervousness in in those who lack clitoral release and help lonely housewives. Western sexologists are now exploring Islamic cultures who have been using clitoral surgery for hundreds of years, it would not be surprising if a full clitoris become a rarity in the West.

And this comes from an official who got his Phd from UC Berkley!

I just read another article showing brave Iranian women standing up to the thugs/bullies in power there. It is incredible how brave they are, especially in light of what has been/is being done to poor Sakineh and other victims of that cruel, inhuman regime. I really hope that those of high consciousness can eventually replace the kind of beings in positions of power that have inflicted so much suffering upon innocents for so long. Those that don't even know the meaning of words like love and compassion and which lack even a shred of morality or common decency should never have power over what happens to any human beings. Sakineh will surely be a martyr to the cause of women and all innocents, after being imprisoned for five years already on top of the horrific lashing in 2006. The criminals who victimized her in this way should be held to account, rather than being allowed to inflict even more harm by murdering her. This atrocity has also ruined the lives of her two innocent children as well, her son even being forced to watch his mother being lashed. Can anyone imagine such a horror? I am crying as I write this. It is unbelievably horrendous. How can such madness be real? How can creatures cruel enough to perpetrate this even stay alive? It seems that their own evil would fry them from the inside and they would simply become a heap of ashes. I have felt like this every time I've heard another of these horrific stories. When will the madness end? I can only hope and pray that we are close to a time when the #1 requirement in order to "rule" will be empathy and compassion, and those completely devoid of it will never again be allowed to inflict horrendous pain and suffering on anyone ever again.

To Mr. "What difference does it make, the death penalty is the death penalty," stoning is a LOOOONG, PAINFUL, and PUBLIC process intended to bring maximum pain for the maximum time and with maximum shame. The stones are thrown by the general public. They are required to participate. In the U.S., people are on death row for at least a decade while they exhaust their judicial rights and they are put to sleep in extremely short order, feeling no pain. That's the difference. I can't believe you!

As stated by Ahmadinejad, when he was hosted by Columbia University: “in every Iranian family who has a girl, they’re 10 times happier than having a son…women are more respected than men are.”

When a person is stoned to death in Iran, the men are buried up to their waist and the women up to their breast--perhaps this is the "respect" Ahmadinejad was talking about?

From the article... "But Larijani, whom Western diplomats have described as a cynical and power-hungry solider of the Islamic Republic..."

There's your answer. I'm not sure if Islam as a religion take such harsh views of punishment, but the problem lies in the fact that people like Larijani is in power to interpret the Koran as they see fit. And unfortunately, most of the time, the men in power will interpret the words to fit their agenda. And some have asked whether the man involved in the adultery was punished. I don't recall ever reading or hearing about that. Most likely he wasn't punished.

My friend who served 4 tours of duty in the Middle East during the Gulf War told me that most men treat the women as second class citizens there and they can pretty much get away with anything.

Why is men so afraid of womens sexuality that they have to make up laws to control it? Why are they so unsure of themselves that they have to use cruel punishments against a behavior that is natural to the most of us? why does men have to surpress women and control them? Why does some men always have to put their cowardness on display?
http://finnhjalmar.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/afraid-of-lustful-women/

IRAN watch your next step! The World is watching you.
YOU on the end is paying for it.

what is the penalty for a male who is foound guilty of adultery?

This is EXACTLY why the United States can NEVER have Sharia law!!!!!

To all you self-righteous people condemning Iran; we have the death penalty in this great country of ours. And we use it all the time. What difference does it really make how you die? Murder is murder. And to all you so-called Christians; the 6th commandment is "Thou shall not kill." Plain and simple.

....and these are the people that we hope to have meaningful discussions and agreements with? This may have been fine when we all lived in huts or caves but the very people that are carrying out these punishments are doing the same thing behind closed doors...this part of the world sickens me.

Most people by now are able to distinguish the difference between the Iranian people and the government of Iran. We saw the people have tried putting their lives on the line for freedom and change for the better and how they wish to live, and be part of the open world society. However, the mentally twisted religious government of Iran is in total opposite of what people want, by way of force, killing, intimidation, corruption, imprisonment, beatings and so on they retain absolute power. I hope for the peoples sake they keep the fight going, ultimately the people will prevail. I sincerely hope they don’t give up and succumb to these degenerate abusers. This is what you get when religious fanatics are running a country and have absolute power. This goes for every religion in the world.

 
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