Iran: Gay couple sentenced to death for adultery after family demanded execution

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Nov 08, 2021, 09:56 AM(IST)

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The wife of one of the men offers video proof to police, but she requests that the death penalty not be applied; instead, the courts uphold her father's demand. 

After his father-in-law sought their execution, a married Iranian man and his male lover were given the death penalty for adultery.

The couple, who are 27 and 33 years old, are expected to be hung, even though the man's wife pleaded with the authorities to spare their lives.

In Iranian law, persons convicted of a crime can be pardoned or sentenced to prison if the victim's family forgives them.

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However, because of his son-in-law's adultery, the woman's father intervened and asked that the men be executed.

The wife of one of the men offers video proof to police, but she requests that the death penalty not be applied; instead, the courts uphold her father's demand. 

Adultery is traditionally punished by stoning in Iran, but the legislation in Tehran was altered in 2013 to allow judges to pick the mode of punishment. 

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In the most recent case, it was unclear what type of execution the court-ordered.

According to Amnesty International, Iran carried out 246 executions last year, with only one of them taking place in public. 

Iran executed at least 977 people in 2015, at least 567 people in 2016, and at least 507 people in 2017.

Iran is thought to be the country with the highest rate of executions per capita.

Iran claims that the number of executions is "exaggerated" by human rights groups and that executions are only carried out "after a protracted court procedure." 

(With inputs from agencies)

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