9 Iranians convicted of adultery set to be stoned to death

Lawyers fight sentences of eight women and one man convicted in separate Iranian courts.

Eight women and one man convicted of adultery are set to be stoned to death in Iran, activists said Sunday. Lawyer and women's rights activist, Shadi Sadr, said the nine were convicted of adultery in separate cases in different Iranian cities. "Their verdicts are approved, and they may be executed at any time," she told reporters. Sadr, who has been leading a campaign in Iran against stoning deaths since 2006, said trial protocol was not applied properly in the cases. Six of the nine were convicted based solely on judges' decisions with no witnesses or the presence of their lawyers during their confessions, she said.