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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Four Women Stoned to death in IRAN, Calls for U.N. International investigation.

Four Women Stoned to death in IRAN, Calls for U.N. International investigation.(P2E).By Siavosh Jalili. — 
Based on reports received by the Melli-Mazhabi (Religious-Nationalist) website, security agents from the Iranian Judiciary transferred the bodies of four women who had been stoned to death to the Tehran forensic medicine department. The bodies are currently in freezers at this department.
In addition to the wounds left on their heads and faces because of the stoning, there are visible signs on the bodies of torture and severe beatings.
Based on what is indicated in their case files, the women were charged with ‘[Engaging in] illegitimate relationship[s]‘ and ‘Drug use’. In recent days, family members of the women have not come to the coroner’s office to claim the bodies. It is not yet clear when the trials for the women were held or if their families were aware of their fate.
The stoning executions occurred two days after the Chair of Judicial and Legal Committee of the Iranian Parliament announced that the act of stoning had been replaced by alternative forms of punishment.
According to Allahyar Malekshahi, conditions of adultery, the burden of proof, and the punishment for the offence were discussed in the Committee. According to Mr. Malekshahi, “In Iran’s [Islamic Penal] Code, adultery is punishable by death, but conditions on how to prove the act of adultery has taken place are not mentioned. In order to clarify the law, a separate section was added to distinguish the conditions under which a relationship is qualified as adultery.

IHR has urged the United Nations to conduct an urgent investigation on the stoning of the four women. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR, said: “At the present moment there is no information about the identities of these women, but evidence suggests they were stoned to death by the Iranian authorities.”
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