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Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning
Iran, action created 9.7.2010
Sakineh Mohammadi Aštíaníová Íránka was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery and for participating in the murder of her husband, which she denies to have committed. A wave of international protests have temporarily saved her from her death by stoning, but she is still being threatened.
Sakineh faces the threat of being stoned to death since 2006, when she was found guilty of having had an "illicit relationship" with two men and that she was allegedly involved in the murder of her husband.
Although she denied this crime, Sakineh was punished with 99 lashes and sentenced to death by stoning for "adultery while being married". In August 2010, Sakineh appeared on television and admitted involvement in the assassination of her husband, and also mentioned the physical abuse and coercion involved.
Her "confessions" were subsequently appealed at the trial, and she denied that she had committed adultery.
Two of the five judges found her innocent, and pointed out that she had already been whipped. They added that they could not find the necessary proof of adultery, which would be against the accused in this case testified. The remaining three judges, including the presiding judge reocgnized the "judgment of the judge," which is the provision of Iranian law that allows judges to make their own subjective and possibly arbitrary judgment about whether the accused person is guilty even in the absence of clear and conclusive evidence. After the majority of judges found her guilty, Sakineh was sentenced to death by stoning.
After an international wave of protests that arose due to her imminent execution, it was announced in JULY 2010 that she would not be stoned to death. She is, however, still facing execution, whether by stoning or through other means.