The European Court of Human Rights has ordered a halt to the extradition of radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the US on terror charges.
Abu Hamza and three other British men complained about the length of sentence they may face if convicted in the US.
The British courts have already approved the extraditions, but they will now be delayed for further submissions to the Strasbourg court.
The poor petals! Someone perhaps ought to have told them beforehand that being involved in jihad is not a risk-free occupation. I mean your sacrifice is for Allah, the all knowing, the all merciful etc.
Meanwhile in Iran…
The lawyer for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani fears the mother-of-two could be put to death at any time after she was found guilty of an affair while she was married.
The 43-year-old received 99 lashes in mid-2006 after she was convicted of an “illicit relationship” with two men after her husband’s death, according to Human Rights Watch.
Later that year she was put on trial again for “adultery while being married”, during which Ashtiani said she was forced to make a confession under duress.
In 2007, Iran’s Supreme Court confirmed her execution and the woman has since exhausted all her appeals. She is currently imprisoned in the city of Tabriz.
The organisation said under the country’s law, cases of adultery must be proven either by repeated confession or by the evidence of witnesses – four men or three women and two men.
However, judges are also able to use their “knowledge” to determine guilt or innocence.
Ashtiani’s lawyer has said two of the five trial judges found her not guilty – the other three ruled she was guilty based on their “knowledge”.
“Death by stoning is always cruel and inhuman, and it is especially abhorrent in cases where judges rely on their own hunches instead of evidence to proclaim a defendant guilty,” said Nadya Khalife from Human Rights Watch.
Now, if you really want to know about a stoning (and I advise against it if you either are utterly sickened by such things or made skirlingly angry and have just bought a nice new laptop) then click here.
Anyway, feel free to compare and contrast these two cases.