Iran hangs man sentenced to stoning: report
Executed man was guilty of illicit relations with teen
An Iranian man who was sentenced to death by stoning after he was found guilty of having illicit relations with a teenage girl has been hanged, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Abdullah Fareivar, a 50-year-old music teacher, was hanged on Thursday in a prison in the northern town of Sari, the Etemad Melli newspaper said.
It said Fareivar was sentenced to death despite his family saying his relations with the 17-year-old girl were not illicit as he had entered into a contract marriage with her and that his first wife was aware of it.
Under Iran's Islamic law, adultery is still punishable by stoning, which involves the public hurling of stones at a partially buried convict. A man is buried up to his waist and a woman up to her shoulders.
Convicts are spared if they can free themselves.
Five Iranians have reportedly been stoned to death in the past four years, including two men in Mashhad in December, despite a 2002 directive by judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi imposing a moratorium on such executions.
Another six Iranians—five women and a man—are in prison awaiting stoning.
Such executions have drawn international condemnation, with the United Nations and the European Union calling on Iran to abolish stoning.
Iranian rights campaigners have also urged the Islamic republic to remove the punishment from the statute book.
In August, the judiciary said it has scrapped the punishment in Iran's new Islamic penal code, whose outlines have been adopted by parliament but whose details have yet to be debated by MPs.
Fareivar's hanging brings to 46 the number of people executed in Iran since the beginning of the year. Iran executed 246 people in 2008, according to an AFP count.
The Islamic republic has stepped up its use of the death penalty since last year in what it says is a bid to improve security in society.
Amnesty International says Iran carried out more death sentences in 2007 than any other country, apart from China which executed 317 people.
Capital offences in Iran include murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery.