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. €:^)

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I WONDER WHAT RUFFIES OPINION IS ON THIS SUBJECT?

    December 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Drak:
    Oh, boy!
    Do we want to know? Lmao!

    December 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. realitychk

    Wow, if we had that punishment here in the US we'd be in a shortage of women. lol

    December 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @Drak

    I think RUFFNUTT would say, She should get stoned first and then hung.

    December 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    @RUFFIE, THANKS FOR NOT LETTING US DOWN MAN;)

    December 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KcCritic

    I wonder what punishment/if any/ the male gets in this deal... Was he married? Do the males get off scott free? Who initiated the fling? Too many questions unanswered in my mind/ too many details left out of this story... I cant believe ANYWHERE in the world hands out the death penalty for adultry...Not this day and age.

    December 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    @KCCRITIC... HE GOT DEATH.. the article said she killed him..
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    probally banged him to death... rode em till she broke em....
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    maybe she sat on his face and smothered him..

    December 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KcCritic

    The story says she killed her hubby not the guy she had the adultress affair with/ or am i missing something here?

    December 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    oh.. that guy.. probally gets a year probation or 5 lashes..

    December 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Bc(iah):
    Rotflmao! Yes, indeedy do! EXACTLY what he should say...

    December 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KcCritic

    Ha ha @ BUGBEAR KILLER. Would that be *eye lashes?* lol If he just gets a whippin...how unfair can they get?

    December 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    remember... in iran.. women are lower than slug slime...
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    i wonder if she'll have to marry the guy before getting hung?

    December 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @KCCritic:
    No, you have it right.
    The guy who she had the affair with will get off scot free, just as if he had rayped her.
    Do you recall the story of the Iranian woman who was jailed for adultery because she was rayped and the ass hole who rayped HER was married...yet SHE was jailed for adultery?

    Bass akward country.

    And I don *not* want to hear that the rayped woman didn't report it; that's a flimsy excuse for a reason to be charged with adultery while the actual criminal get to do it again if he so chooses.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @Ruffie: probably.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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