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Iran outlaws stoning

Tehran, Dec. 26 (Reuters): Iran has abolished stoning as a form of capital punishment, an Iranian newspaper reported today, in an apparent bid to ease European Union human rights concerns ahead of a possible breakthrough trade agreement.

Bahar quoted Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi, the former intelligence minister who heads the Supreme Administrative Court, as saying: “The practice has been stopped for a while.”

The newspaper also cited a reformist parliamentarian as saying the head of judiciary had sent a directive to judges instructing them to stop issuing death verdicts by stoning.

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