Iran to outlaw as punishment by stoning

June 23rd, 2009 - 1:25 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, June 22 (IANS) Iran plans to outlaw stoning as a form of punishment, the country’s IRNA news agency reported Monday.
The head of the parliament judiciary commission Ali Shahrokhi said some traditional Islamic punishments, including stoning, would be removed from the country’s laws.

He added that the cutting off hands - an Islamic punishment for thieves - would also be outlawed.

The draft by the judiciary commission is expected to be approved by the parliament, and finalised by the Guardian Council, he said.

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