Most stupid headline of the year 2011 – late contender!

Our friends at the Guardian are struggling a bit with this one:

The penalty for adultery in Iran

Sakineh Mohammadi


could be

hanged in Iran

Judiciary officials exploring whether woman whose sentence to death by stoning was suspended can be hanged instead

Well, that’s big of them. A misogynistic islamic state plans to kill a woman by a different means to the one that they originally planned.  As they report, the:

“…44-year-old mother of two, was convicted of conducting an “illicit relationship outside marriage” in 2006 and has since been kept in Tabriz prison in the west of Iran.

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the judiciary in East Azerbaijan, said on Sunday that the prison does not have the “necessary facilities” to carry out the sentence of stoning. Therefore, he said, authorities are considering hanging as an alternative.”

What? Have they run out of stones? Can’t they nip down to the Tabriz Garden Centre?

Heads will roll (metaphorically) at the prison supplies department for this one.

Guardian editor

It is painful to contemplate how a liberal bastion like the Guardian is unable to headline with the fact that she’s being executed at all – whatever the means – rather than the “merciful” commution to mere hanging.

But then Iran hates America, the Guardian sort of hates America, Obama notwithstanding, ergo Iran is probably not all that bad.


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