Yesterday, in a statement issued by the Iranian embassy in London, judicial authorities have decreed, Sakineh Mohammadi will not be executed by stoning.
The statement did not clarify whether Ms. Ashtiani, a mother-of-two, would be spared or executed by hanging instead. There have been cases in Iran of stonings being changed to hangings.
In May 2006, a court in the northern city of Tabriz convicted Ms. Ashtiani of having an ‘illicit relationship’ with two men and sentenced her to 99 lashes.
Later that year, she was accused of murdering her husband. Those charges were dropped, but a panel of judges re-opened the inquiry into adultery charges.
Ashtiani was convicted by a majority of three judges according to a legal loophole called ‘judicial knowledge,’ which permits judges to make decisions based on their personal feelings, regardless of actual evidence.
Ahmad Fatemi, of the International Committee against Stoning and Execution, which has campaigned for her release, said, “It’s a tactical retreat, they never expected this kind of pressure, so they want to buy time.”
Stoning is a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world. Brutal, harsh and inhumane legal system, characterized by amputations, beheadings, and stoning to death are written into actual Sharia criminal law.
What is Sharia?
Also meaning “path” in Arabic, sharia guides all aspects of Muslim life including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna–the sayings, practices, and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.
The shari’a categorizes its offenses by the types of punishments they engender:
• Offenses to which are affixed a specified punishment (hadd);
• Those for which the punishment is at the judge’s discretion (ta’zir);
• Those offenses in which a form of retaliatory action or blood money is inflicted against the perpetrator or his kinsmen by the victim’s kinsmen (jinayat);
• Offenses against the public policy of the state, involving administrative penalties (siyasa); and
• Offenses that are corrected by acts of personal penance (kaffara).
Comparative Criminal Law and Enforcement: Islam - Hadd Offenses, False Accusation Of Unlawful Intercourse (kadhf ), Drinking Of Wine (shurb), Theft (sariqa)
“Reliance of the Traveller” A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Shafi’i School):
pg. 613 “THE PENALTY FOR THEFT…. A person’s right hand is amputated, whether he is a Muslim, non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state, or someone who has left Islam.”
pg. 616 “THE PENALTY FOR HIGHWAY ROBBERY…. If he steals the equivalent of 1.058 grams of gold… both his right hand and left foot are amputated…. If the highwayman robs and kills, he is killed and then left crucified for three days.”
pg. 610 “THE PENALTY FOR FORNICATION OR SODOMY…. If the offender is someone with the capacity to remain chaste, then he or she is stoned to death.”
pg. 595 “APOSTASY FROM ISLAM (RIDDA)…. When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.”
pg. 617 “THE PENALTY FOR DRINKING…. The penalty for drinking is to be scourged forty stripes, with hands, sandals, and ends of clothes. It may be administered with a whip, but if the offender dies, an indemnity… is due… for his death.” [This penalty applies only to Muslims.]
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Random thoughts while observing the ongoing Islamic charade, I’m J.C.