Iran sentences pair to death for adultery: report
Iran’s Supreme Court upheld adultery death sentences against a 27-year-old man and his 33-year-old lover after the man’s stepfather denied them clemency, a Reform newspaper reported on Saturday.
The man’s wife, who presented video evidence of her husband’s infidelity to police earlier this year, had asked courts to spare the couple the death penalty, the “Shargh” daily reported. .
But his father demanded that the death sentence be imposed and the court ruled in his favor, the newspaper added.
Iranian law provides that if the family of a victim forgives the accused for a capital crime, the convict can either be pardoned or sentenced to prison.
According to the interpretation of Islamic Sharia law in force since the Iranian revolution of 1979, adultery is punishable by stoning.
But Tehran changed the law in 2013 to allow judges to order another method of execution, usually hanging.
It is not known what form of execution the court ordered in the last case.
According to human rights group Amnesty International, Iran carried out 246 executions last year, including one in public.
He gave no breakdown of the number carried out for adultery.
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