Iranian Woman Faces Death by Stoning

An Iranian woman convicted of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning. If carried out the sentence would be the first known stoning to take place in the Islamic Republic in years.

Sakineh Mohamamadi e Ashtiani, prescription a 43-year-old mother of two in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, sovaldi was accused of having extramarital relations with two men who ended up killing her husband.

Infidelity is illegal in Iran, and usually punished with lashes and prison time. While the Iranian penal code allows for the death sentence in infidelity cases, execution by stoning is rare.

The case, first leaked to Radio Farda by women's rights activist Soheila Vahdati, began in 2005 when Ashtiani was arrested for having “illicit relationships.” She was convicted by a local court a year later and sentenced to 99 lashes and an unknown amount of time in prison, where she has remained since.

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