December 26th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Iranian officials: Woman may be hanged instead of stoned

A woman sentenced to die by stoning will be executed, Iranian officials said Monday, but the method of execution is still being debated, according to an Iranian media report.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's case drew international attention after she was sentenced to die by stoning for adultery.

"This lady is accused of two crimes," Hojatoleslam Sharifi, the judiciary chief of Eastern Azarbaijan province, told reporters at a news conference on Monday, the semi-official Iran Student's News Agency reported. "One is adultery which is punishable by stoning to death, and the other is assisting in her husband's murder. She is currently serving 10 years for helping to kill her husband."

He said "we did not have the needed facility for stoning," so officials asked the then-head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, for advice, Sharifi said. "He was too busy at the time and this issue was left for his successor to handle."

The current judiciary head, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, "is of the opinion that since the objective is execution, and since stoning is not practical, the execution should be done by hanging," he said. "However, (Larijiani) has decided to wait for now and discuss the issue with other Islamic scholars until a clear and accurate decision is reached."

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  1. gung hoe

    Its really hard for me to understand that when us westerners get news like this that we as westerners cant believe what these arabic countries do to their people.These arabs dont accept Jesus as their lord and savior thus they live by the laws of the old testament, go to the books of exodus and proverbs and these are the laws that they live by.We stoped living by the laws of the old testament after jesus died for our sins

    December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    They are appalling

    December 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. same

    If it was a he, and not she- US would do the same thing in a second- and couldn't care less who complained. Heck, even when the trial is suspect we still execute people, because we don't want to offend state's rights. Only reason US media makes a big deal, it's because it's a woman- and woman are all saints that never do anything and never lie, according to the US justice system.

    December 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bob

    Put the lotion in the F-ing basket.

    December 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @bob:
    Lol.
    There are a few here who could use a good flaying.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @same:
    Really?
    I truly doubt the women in prison would agree with your opinion.
    Perhaps it's that most of the countries in the ME follow a religion that considers women property and are run by misogyinistic men whose sense of what "honor" means is skewed and still firmly planted in the middle ages.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob Dylan

    They'll stone you when you're trying to be so good
    They'll stone you just like they said they would
    They'll stone you when you're trying to go home
    They'll stone you when you're there all alone
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    They'll stone you when you're walking on the street
    They'll stone you when you're trying to keep your seat
    They'll stone you when your walking on the floor
    They'll stone you when your walking to the door
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    They'll stone you when you're at the breakfast table
    They'll stone you when you are young and able
    They'll stone you when you're trying to make a buck
    They'll stone you and then they'll say good luck
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    Well They'll stone you and say that it's the end
    They'll stone you and then they'll come back again
    They'll stone you when you're riding in your car
    They'll stone you when you're playing you guitar
    Yes But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Alright

    Well They'll stone you when you are all alone
    They'll stone you when you are walking home
    They'll stone you and then say they're all brave
    They'll stone you when you're send down in your grave
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned

    December 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gold Dragon

    Wow I'm getting a contact b uzz. Sure is smokey in this room.

    December 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WAYNESKI

    Well , if my wife was committing adultery AND had a hand in my murder???

    I wouldn't be too concerned about the hanging...nope... not one bit.

    And ladies if the reverse was true, you'd say the same thing...

    December 27, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bob Hamilton

    OK. Satisfied? They're not going to stone her to death, just a plain old hanging by the neck. See? These are reasonable people. I'm sure they'll be just fine with nuclear missiles.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. SHELDON

    chrissy's just jealous gold dragon cause she doesn't have a life.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deepwater805

    Only in a trogladyte contry like Iran would the quesiton of whether or not to conduct a state run stoning happen. The clerical clowns ruling Iran need to a taste of their own medicine.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. John Q Publik

    Iran is stuck in the "stone" age.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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