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Iran Denies it is Still Issuing Stoning Verdicts

Iran's judiciary has dismissed accusations by rights groups that it is still sentencing women to death by stoning and executing minors.

A judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad told reportersTuesday the Islamic Republic does not carry out such verdicts and that such accusations are aimed at distorting the country's image.

The spokesman said even if such sentences were issued by certain courts, they are invariably quashed on appeal by Iran's Supreme Court, which has to approve all executions.

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution expressing serious concern over human rights violations in Iran.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.