November 3, 2023 3:00 p.m
A woman has been sentenced to death in Iran for adultery, the Associated Press reported, citing state media.
IRAN newspaper reported that the woman worked as a trainer at a women’s fitness center. According to the information, her husband contacted the police last year when he found his wife with another man in their home. He also discovered through surveillance cameras that his wife was having affairs with other men as well.
Under Iranian law, the woman has the right to appeal the sentence. In some cases, people have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, sentences that can be commuted to lighter sentences on appeal, the AP noted.
Iran has come under international pressure for its widespread use of the death penalty. On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the country was executing people “at an alarming rate”. In the first seven months of the year, at least 419 people received the death sentence, which is 30% more than in the same period last year, he noted.
In 2017, a woman was sentenced to death in Iran for adultery, but it was never reported whether the sentence was carried out. Among the crimes punishable by death in the country are adultery, sodomy, murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking.
Last year, two homosexual men were executed after being found guilty of sodomy.