IRAN: Courts confirm two more stoning sentences on adultery charges

Amid the controversy and international outcry sparked by the stoning sentence handed down to a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Iran’s supreme court reportedly has sentenced two more people to stoning on charges of adultery.

The court’s decision came just days after the Iranian judiciary revealed fresh details about Ashtiani’s case. 

According to Iran’s Human Rights Activists News Agency, the court approved on Aug. 28 a verdict of stoning to death for Vali Janfeshani and Sariyeh Ebadi, convicted of having an extramarital affair.

Janfeshani and Ebadi have been held in the central prison of Orumiyeh in Iran’s West Azarbaijan governorate since 2008, according to HRANA. The group said the sentences came out of a “vague and ambiguous judicial process” and that Janfeshani and Ebadi were not granted the right to choose their own defense lawyers. 


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