Iranian Mom Spared Death by Stoning
Convicted adulteress may still die for crime
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2010 1:21 AM CDT
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, has been spared death by stoning, but may still be executed for adultery.   (AP Photo/Amnesty International, ho)

(Newser) – An Iranian woman convicted of adultery will be spared death by stoning—but her life may still be in jeopardy. Officials have not said if she will still be executed, reports the BBC. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year old mother of 2, was charged in 2006 with having "illicit relationships" with two men after her husband died. She was later charged with adultery while married, and condemned to death by stoning, notes ABC News.

The reversal comes after an international campaign to spare her life. "If the punishment is carried out, it will disgust and appall the watching world," Britain's foreign minister said yesterday. He called stoning—in which a person is buried to the shoulders and pelted with stones until death—"medieval." Another 12 women and 3 men await execution by stoning in Iran for adultery. In 2001 a woman convicted of adultery fainted before she was buried for stoning, and was stoned to death instead strapped to a stretcher, reports the Guardian.

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Jul 9, 2010 8:18 AM CDT
Muslims apply their force of law stronger than many other religions, but all religions have laws that make them anathema to human and individual rights. Any religion that calls for sacrifice of any part of our shared humanity is a disgusting representation of what any God could want for people.
Jill Lacious
Jul 9, 2010 7:05 AM CDT
My boss tried to use this story as proof that Islam is a violent, evil religion until I pointed out to him that the Christian bible calls for the same punishment for adultery and, today, there are many, many Christian zealots in this country who would like to see this punishment handed to Americans. When he tried to claim those laws were Old Testament and not relevant, I informed him that today's Christian zealots rely on the Old Testament for their claims that homosexuality is a sin. He had no response to that.
Jul 9, 2010 5:07 AM CDT
The Guardian reported: In one especially gruesome case, Maryam Ayubi, another alleged adulteress, fainted while being ritually washed before her execution in 2001 and was stoned to death while strapped to a stretcher. Newser paraphrased this as: '...was stoned to death instead strapped to a stretcher, reports the Guardian.' Something's gone terribly wrong here in the last little while. Very little proofing... a lot more editorialising...and encouraging users to do likewise. I really like the idea of an aggregator that is much more direct and less biased, with a focus on real news and no slant. If people want bias, they can go...just about EVERYWHERE else. Newser could be a real oasis, but I suppose it's now assumed that all 'reportage' must have some kind of blur in order to attract more traffic.