Archive for the ‘adultery’ Category

Two men stoned to death in Iran

January 13, 2009

Two men convicted of adultery were stoned to death in northeastern Iran last month but a third convicted man managed to escape, Iran’s judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.

Ali Reza Jamshidi said the stoning took place in the city of Mashhad in late December but did not provide the names of the convicted men.

Under Iran’s Islamic law, adultery is punishable by stoning, but such sentences are rare. International human rights groups have long criticized stoning in Iran as a cruel form of punishment.

Jamshidi did not describe how the stonings were carried out. But typically under Islamic rulings, a man is buried up to his waist, while a woman is buried up to her neck. Those carrying out the verdict then throw stones until the person dies. If the person manages to escape from the hole, he or she will remain free under Islamic law.

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

“Given that the third person managed to pull himself out of the hole, the verdict was not carried out,” Jamshidi told reporters.

Stonings were widely carried out in the early years after the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the pro-Western government and brought hardline clerics to power. But in recent years, it has seldom been applied, although the government rarely confirms when it carries out stoning sentences.

The last time Iran reported a death by stoning was in July 2007 when Jamshidi said a man convicted of adultery was stoned to death in a village in northern Iran.

Women’s rights activists headed by feminist lawyer Shadi Sadr have been campaigning to have the sentence removed from Iran’s statutes.

Iran’s reformist legislators have demanded an end to death by stoning as a punishment for adultery, but opposition from hardline clerics has sidelined their efforts.

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Korean adultery actress sentenced

December 17, 2008

One of South Korea’s best-known actresses, Ok So-ri, has been given a suspended prison sentence of eight months for adultery.

She admitted the offence and the court suspended the sentence for two years.

The trial took place after Ms Ok failed to get the constitutional court to overturn the strict law that makes adultery a criminal offence.

BBC

South Korean actress Ok So-Ri leaves the court, 17/12/08
Ms Ok apologised for stirring up a controversy

In her petition she said the law was an infringement of human rights and amounted to revenge.

According to the BBC correspondent in Seoul, John Sudworth, the scandal has kept South Korea’s tabloid newspapers and internet chatrooms buzzing for months.

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One of South Korea‘s most famous actresses was convicted of adultery Wednesday in a high-profile case that drew renewed attention to a decades-old law prohibiting extramarital affairs.

Ok So-ri, who was handed a suspended jail term, had lost a battle in October to have the ban declared unconstitutional.

“I would like to say I’m sorry for causing so much trouble to society,” a somber Ok told reporters after the verdict.

A district court in Goyang, near Seoul, handed Ok a suspended eight-month jail sentence, South Korean media reported, meaning she will not have to serve time. Ok’s lover received a six-month suspended term.

There was no immediate word on any plans for appeal.

The sensational sex-and-celebrities case has been tabloid fodder for months, with Ok’s challenge to the adultery law adding extra spice.

Last year, Ok acknowledged during a news conference that she had had an affair with an opera singer who was a friend of her husband for a few months in 2006. She stressed the affair was a result of her loveless marriage to actor Park Chul.

Actress Ok So-ri arrives for her trial at a court in Goyang, ... 

The court appeared to show some sympathy for Ok’s predicament.

“Though the fact of adultery should be criticized, (the court) issued this ruling taking into account that husband Park Chul’s responsibility was not small,” the court said, according to cable news channel YTN.

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