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The Times
June 26, 2001

A Court in Iran has sentenced a woman to be stoned to death for adultery and helping her lover to murder her husband in Tehran. The lover, who is the woman's cousin, is to be hanged. Both will receive 100 lashes first, the government daily Iran newspaper reported.

If the woman manages to survive being stoned, she will have to serve 15 years in jail. Survival is unlikely because she will be buried up to her neck.

Stoning is rare in Iran, where drug-smugglers and murderers are regularly hanged under strict Islamic Sharia. The last time two Iranians were stoned to death for adultery was in June 1996. A woman was stoned to death last month at a Tehran prison eight years after she was charged with acting in pornographic films. The sentence was carried out after the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Men sentenced to be stoned to death are buried waist-deep in the ground. If they have confessed to their crimes and manage to escape, they can go free.

Human rights groups fear that hardliners who control the judiciary are using stonings to embarrass President Khatami, a reformist.

Iran's penal code relating to adultery carefully regulates the size of the stones. They must be neither too big nor too small, so that death is neither mercifully quick nor prolonged.

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