May 21, 2001 09:40am
Iran Woman Said Stoned to Death
(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A woman was executed after a court ordered that she be stoned to death for acting in pornographic movies, a newspaper reported Monday.
The woman, 35, was partially buried in a hole at Tehran's Evin prison and stoned to death Sunday after her conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court, the daily Entekhab said.
Police arrested the woman eight years ago on charges of acting in ``obscene sex films.''
The woman, who was not identified, denied committing any crime, but evidence and testimony by witnesses led judiciary officials to issue the stoning sentence, the daily said.
The paper gave no further details. Judiciary officials were not available for comment Monday.
Stoning is a rare punishment in Iran, where drug smugglers and murderers are usually condemned to death by hanging.