The Humanity

05Feb08

Iranians Watch DeathTwo Iranian sisters, caught on camera keeping company with men other than their husbands while at home, face the death penalty by stoning for adultery, the Etemad newspaper reported.

Adultery is a capital crime in Islamic Iran, however the video footage does not show any sexual activity between the sisters and their guests. One of the women’s husband planted a camera when he went away, on suspicion his wife was unfaithful.

Zohreh, 27, and Azar were initially tried for “illegal relations” and received 99 lashes; in a second trial they were convicted of adultery. The penal court of Tehran province consequently handed down a death-by-stoning sentence.

The women admitted to being in the camera footage set up by Zohreh’s husband; but denied adultery. “There is no legal evidence whereby the judge could have the knowledge for issuing a stoning sentence,” Jabbar Solati, the girls’ lawyer, said, adding he had appealed to the state prosecutor. “The two sisters have been tried twice for one crime.”

You can legally be fried in Iran for murder, rape, armed robbery, serious drug trafficking and adultery (and for added effect, the death penalty brings in large crowds, as shown in the above photo of Iranians watching an execution). Iran and China lead the world in death-penalty convictions (Iran’s chief method is hanging).

Zohreh was quoted in the paper as saying she shared a volatile relationship with her husband because of strict limits he imposed.

“I was a teacher and loved my job but my husband did not let me work… he was always suspicious of me and thought our differences were because I had an affair.”

File this one under corrupt patriarchies.



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