STAFF REPORTER, The West Australian
December 27, 2011, 9:58 am
Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, left, speaks with media in a news briefing as she meets with her son, Sajjad, January 1, 2011. Photo: AAP
A woman due to be stoned to death for adultery could be hanged instead.
The Daily Mail reports that Iranian authorities were moving ahead with plans to execute the woman but were reconsidering what punishment to carry out.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, in jail serving a 10-year sentence for the murder of her husband, was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her drug addict husband.
Her case generated international outrage and earlier this year Iranian officials suspended plans to carry out her death sentence on the adultery conviction, according to the Daily Mail.
An official told the Daily Mail that experts were assessing if the stoning punishment could be changed to hanging.
“There is no haste … we are waiting to see whether we can carry out the execution of a person sentenced to stoning by hanging or not,” he said. “As soon as the result of the investigation is obtained, we will carry out the sentence.”
The charge of a married woman having an illicit relationship requires a punishment of stoning, he told the Daily Mail.
Ms Ashtiani’s lawyer said she was beaten and sold for sex by an opium-addict.
The Dail Mail reports she was jailed for ten years for murder and sentenced to death for adultery. She was also convicted of having illicit relations for which she received 99 lashes.