Iranian Woman Sentenced To Stoning After Being Lashed 99 Times Until She “Confessed” Adultery

CNN reports:

Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.

Ashtiani, who is from the northern city of Tabriz, was convicted of adultery in 2006.

She was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.

She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency.

Amnesty International and other human rights activists are interceding on behalf of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.  Again, CNN:

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  • http://atheists-and-christians.blogspot.com/ Mike AKA MonolithTMA

    I can’t imagine what would poison ones mind so badly that they would think stoning would be appropriate for adultery. Then again, multiple holy books advocate it. Islam respects Jesus as a prophet, but clearly these Muslims do not respect the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. I hope for a day when moderate and liberal Islam can rise up and overcome the extremists, but I fear I hope in vain.

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    I think it clear… Shariah causes earthquakes

  • Daniel Fincke

    The evidence seems indisputable, Cat’s Staff.

  • Max Adl

    There is a common misconception that must be corrected: THERE IS NO MODERATE AND LIBERAL ISLAM. Islam is Islam. It is not allowed to be subject to criticism, interpretation or change and is, by definition, extreme in nature. There are, of course, moderate and liberal Muslims. But these are the ones who are not devout or pious and do not actively pursue knowledge of their faith or possess much understanding of what it commands. The more you know of Islam the more you realise that it is entirely based on war and conquest of non believers and non pious Muslims. The pinnacle of Islam and the highest place in heaven is held for those who commit violence jihad against non believers. That is why all the terrorist and violent angry mobs are always quoting text from the Koran. Because they understand their faith. There is no moderate Islam, only moderate Muslims. The only hope for peace on Earth is to ban Islam and destroy it. Muslims must be given the choice of converting to any other religion or become atheists and go about their lives in peace, freedom and prosperity. Or they can choose to fight and die or live in prison. The choice offered to non believers of Islam by order of Muhammad as contained in the Koran, is conversion, slavery or death.

  • http://atheists-and-christians.blogspot.com/ Mike aka MonolithTMA

    Max Adl, this has not been my experience, but I am far from an expert on Islam. I just know extremely devout Muslims who seek truth vigorously daily and yet are appalled by actions such as those in this news piece. Of course the members of Islam who I know live in the US.

  • Betty

    This is barbaric! I read yesterday that men who are subject to stoning are buried up to their waste and women to the neck but if you can free yourself from the burial you are released. It sounds like the men stand a better chance of getting away since they apparantly have use of thier arms! Hmm, I’ll bet the murder rate of spouses is low over there since you just have to accuse them of adultery and the public will torture and kill them for you! What a bunch of idiots!

  • Jewell Robinson

    John 8
    1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

    2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

    3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

    4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

    7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

    9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

    11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of God
    God has the last answer, God ways is not your ways that why god sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for the whole world of people, so that we all will have forgivingness, and an second changes to get it right with God who are in Heaven. Let not her blood stain be on your children, children, children. Please give the Lady another chance. We are not God… God live in us every day, we can no see, walk, talk, hear, breath with outh him, he is the one that wake us up every day and give us our health and strength to make it, in this life. He is the one that give and take lives. in Jesus christ name we Pray amen…

  • KM

    Don’t listen to Max ADL. He’s a member of the Australian Defence League – a racist hate group who wouldn’t know a rational ideology if it lodged itself in their rectum. Thankfully, not all Australians are so full of hate and dumb ideas. Unfortunately, I believe Max is also a member of our armed forces. Hopefully we can put a stop to that.


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