November 21, 2006, RFE/RL -- A spokesman for Iran's judiciary, Jamal Karimirad, today rejected reports claiming that stoning sentences have been carried out recently in Iran.
Karimirad was reacting to a letter by women's rights activists who have called on the head of Iran's judiciary to end the Islamic practice of stoning convicted adulterers to death.
Activists have said that a man and a woman were stoned to death in May despite a moratorium on the practice, and several others face stoning sentences.
Karimirad said some courts might have issued stoning sentences but that the sentences have subsequently been commuted.
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