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Friday, August 13, 2010

Great News! Iran Substitutes Hanging For Stoning

The international outcry over Iran's practice of stoning women accused of adultery is having an impact on the normally insular Mullahs, as reported by The Guardian:

Iran appears to be quietly changing the sentences of Iranians awaiting death by stoning to hanging after international outcry following the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.

Mariam Ghorbanzadeh, 25, who was six months' pregnant and miscarried after being beaten up in Tabriz prison this week, was initially sentenced to death by stoning for adultery but her sentence has been commuted to hanging in a rapid judicial review. The decision is thought to have been driven by the Iranian authorities' desire to avoid further international condemnation over the barbaric punishment.

Who says world opinion can't make a difference?

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  1. It reminds me of that case a bit back when that Nigerian woman was to be stoned to death for adultery because she got preggers something like 3 months after her husband had died.

    At first she claimed she was raped, which is part of why the case got so much attention. Turned out she wasn’t, but I mean who can blame her for lying? They were going to stone her to death.

    So then it goes all the way to their Supreme Court and they declare her innocent and set her free. Good result, but the logic was FUBAR. You see, the court declared that this was her dead husband’s child. The logic went like this. According to Islam, a man’s sperm can stay alive up to 7 months, and therefore there is an unrebuttable presumption that if she gets preggers up to 7 months after he dies, it is his kid.

    So yeah, glad they ain’t stoning her, but seriously, wtf?

  2. Maybe the mullahs will attach the hanging cord to a large stone that they then throw over a cliff, in the name of mercy and listening to world opinion?

  3. Someone needs to ask the 9/11 Mosque imam if he's cool with the Iranian and Saudi imposition of sharia punishments. We need to start making some linkages.

  4. Good idea John Burke, could not agree with you more.