IRAN: PARLIAMENT PLANS END TO SOME PUNISHMENTS
June 21, 2009: Iran's parliament plans to scrap stoning and amputation of a hand as punishments in a revised version of the Islamic penal code, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"Parliaments judicial commission decided not to put some Islamic punishments including stoning in the (revised) law in line with the interests of the country," commission head Ali Shahrokhi told the agency.
He said the commission is also proposing the abolition of amputation and has considered the idea of a "special court for minors under 18."
Once the commission has finalised the new version of the penal code, parliament will vote on whether to implement the revised law for a trial period.
Afterwards it will be discussed for final approval by the vetting legislative body, the Guardians Council. (Sources: AFP, 22/06/2009)