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Iran Reports Execution by Stoning; International Protests Follow


Iran's government says a man convicted of adultery has been stoned to death, despite an official suspension of the practice since 2002.

The government Tuesday announced the execution of Jafar Kiani. His female partner, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, is in prison and also has been sentenced to die by stoning. The two are said to have been imprisoned for 11 years.

United Nations human rights chief Louise Arbour condemned the execution, saying the stoning is in clear violation of international law. She urged Iran not to carry out the stoning of Ebrahimi and other such executions.

Norway summoned Iran's ambassador in Oslo to protest what it called the "inhumane and barbaric" punishment.

Kiani and Ebrahimi were to be executed last month, but international pressure persuaded Iranian officials to postpone the executions.

The human rights group Amnesty International has urged Iranian officials not to carry out the stoning of Ebrahimi, calling the punishment "cruel" and "inhuman."

Stoning in Iran includes burying a man up to his waist and tying his hands. Women are buried up to their necks. Spectators are allowed to hurl stones at them.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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