Iran: Islamic Justice - Woman Adulterer To be Stoned To Death, Murderers Get Jail
June 29, 2006
A court in the Islamic Republic of Iran has sentenced a woman to death for adultery, states AKI. The Kurdish woman, Malak Ghorbany, was on trial in the city of Urmia, in the northwest of Iran.
In a measure of the hypocrisy of Islamic justice, two men who were found guilty of murder in the same court were only given jail sentences. Malak's brother, Abu Bakr Ghorbai, and her husband, Mohammad Daneshar, were found guilty of killing her alleged lover. They bother received sentences of only six years.
AKI states that stoning sentences declined under the leadership of Mohammed Khatami, the reformist, as a result of international pressure. Though stoning sentences had virtually been abolished by the end of the 1990s, the punishment remained in the Republic's penal code.
A petition by the Committee For The Defence of Human Rights of Iranian Kurdistan has been launched, to try to spare Malak Ghorbany's life.
When a woman is stoned to death in Iran, as happened frequently in the wake of the 1979 revolution, she is covered in a white sheet and buried up to her waist in a hole. Only small stones are used, to prolong the agony of the punishment, though these must be larger than a pebble.
Article 116 of Iran's Penal Code states: "Stones used in stoning should neither be so big, as to kill the adulterous at the first of second blow, nor as small as a pebble."
Often, the face of the woman is covered, so she does not see her assailants, and they do not see her. In films I have seen of public stonings, it takes several minutes for the victim to die. The woman pictured above was stoned to death in Iran.