Tehran, Iran--In the first confirmed stoning in years, Jafar Kiani, a convicted adulterer, was executed on Thursday. Adultery is one of many capital offenses in Iran and is punishable by stoning.
The punishment, despite being a violation of international law and seen as "cruel and barbaric" punishment, was carried out two weeks after it had been delayed by international pressure, to include protests from Norway, against the stoning.
The stoning is in violation of an international treaty that Iran has signed. Reformist legislators have called for an end to execution by stoning for adultery. Women's activists have also been campaigning for the removal of the practice.