An Iranian man convicted of adultery is to be stoned to death despite a moratorium being agreed by the judiciary last year.
Naghi Ahmadi was sentenced to death by stoning in June last year in the northern city of Sari, after he visited a married woman’s home in the night while her husband was away working in another city, the Sarmayeh newspaper reported.
According to Ahmadi’s lawyer, the verdict was declared after the woman and his client confessed to their adultery. The report did not explain why the woman was not convicted.
A year ago the judiciary said it would scrap the punishment in Iran’s new Islamic penal code.
The outlines of the moratorium have been adopted by the Tehran parliament but are yet to be debated by its members.
In a similar case in February, Abdollah Farivar was hanged in Sari after being sentenced to death by stoning following his conviction for having illicit relations with a teenage girl.
Capital offences in Iran include murder, rape, armed robbery, apostasy, blasphemy, serious drug trafficking, repeated sodomy, adultery, prostitution, treason and espionage.
Under Iran’s existing law, adultery is still punishable by stoning, which involves the hurling of stones in public at a partially buried convict. A man is buried up to his waist and a woman up to her shoulders.
Convicts are spared if they can free themselves [oh, that's alright then - U:d Ed.].
Stoning has drawn international condemnation, with the United Nations and the European Union calling on Iran to abolish the sentence. Iranian human rights campaigners have also urged the Islamic republic to stop the punishment.
It should not come as a complete surprise that Iran, although claiming to be legislating to end it, is carrying out this barbaric and sadistic practice. It is a legally-sanctioned punishment here and in Afghanistan, the Sharia states of Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (which includes that trendy holiday and business destination, Dubai). It is also known to be used by the Islamic movements in Somalia.
True enough, and as any good Islamist will tell you, there is mention of stoning in both the Bible and the Talmud, but both faiths have reformed and re-interpreted such texts over the centuries and the practice has long since faded into distant history.
Not so with Islam. Reinterpretation of the Qur’an and Sunnah is all but banned – The Qur’an in particular is revered as the immutable word of Allah and cannot be changed. In terms of the legal position, an illustration is provided here by the Kuwaiti Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence:
Ibn Qudamah wrote: “Muslim jurists are unanimous on the fact stoning to death is a specified punishment for married adulterer and adulteress. The punishment is recorded in number of traditions and the practice of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stands as an authentic source supporting it. This is the view held by all Companions, Successors and other Muslim scholars with the exception of Kharijites.”
Make no mistake - whatever Islamic or multiculturalist apologists may try to tell you. Muslims are taught, just as with the other barbaric practices of the Islamic doctrine, that this brutal and distressing form of punishment is legal and sanctioned by Allah and the Prophet Mohammed.
[Main story: The Telegraph]
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