From my favorite UK Daily the Telegraph comes the big ‘progressive’ news out of Iran.. You have nothing to fear from radical Islam, give them the nukes I say.
Iran has placed a new moratorium on the execution of people by stoning, the country’s judiciary has announced.
At least nine people in the country are believed to be facing the sentence for a range of offences including adultery, prostitution and incest. The head of the judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi first told judges to stop carrying out the penalty in 2002 after pressure from the EU.
Last year, however, a man was stoned to death in western Iran, prompting fears that the punishment would again be regularly carried out. Several other cases of stonings in the past two years were reported but never officially confirmed. The judiciary’s spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said four sentences had been commuted – two will now face long prison sentences and the other two will be flogged.
“In a few other cases, these people have asked for forgiveness and their request … is under review,” he said.
According to Iran’s Islamic legal system, people sentenced to stoning should be half buried before being pelted with stones large enough to hurt, but not large enough to kill immediately.
That’s nice. I’m relieved to see that it was pressure from the EU which has caused the OFFICIAL LEGAL & JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN IRAN to maybe re-consider stoning people to death in 2008, and not any matter of conscience or internal horror, that is very comforting to me. Sounds very humane all in all, half buried so your head is above ground while people throw rocks at you large enough to kill you.. but only very slowly. I’m worried about the stoners though? Will they all be unemployed now and be forced into difficult job retraining, perhaps there might be some openings in flogging? Let’s hope so..
Surgeon General’s Warning: Be careful with that hashish my Iranian friends, Iran is apparently one of the few remaining places where getting stoned can, well.. Get you stoned. Viva Islam!