In a recent development, an Iranian court has handed down a death sentence to a woman on charges of adultery, as reported by state media. The woman in question was employed as a female gym trainer.
The case unfolded in 2022 when her husband reported her to the authorities upon discovering her in the company of another man at their residence. Surveillance footage revealed evidence of her engaging in extramarital relations with multiple men.
According to Iranian law, she retains the option to appeal this sentence. It’s worth noting that Iranian courts have previously sentenced individuals to death by stoning for adultery, but such verdicts can be subject to review and potentially result in reduced penalties.
Iran has faced substantial international scrutiny for its frequent use of the death penalty. Recently, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over Iran’s high execution rate, revealing that at least 419 people had received capital punishment in the initial seven months of the year, marking a 30% increase from the same period in the previous year.
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It’s important to note that various offenses, including adultery, sodomy, murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, and drug trafficking, are punishable by the death penalty under Iranian law. In a separate incident in 2022, Iran executed two gay men who had been convicted of sodomy. Notably, there’s been no report of the execution of the woman sentenced to death for adultery in 2017.