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Alexej Litvinenkos gode venn Jeffrey Goldfarb prøvde igår å svare BBC på hvorfor det var viktig og riktig at Storbritannia svarte på Moskvas nei til å utlevere Andrej Lugovoj. Putin må forstå at han ikke kan likvidere folk i London. Vesten har latt Putin tro at han kan gjøre hva han vil uten konsekvenser, sa Goldfarb til programlederens irritasjon.

Litvinenko er en cause célèbre, og det offisielle Vesten kvier seg for å henge bjella på katten.

Det samme kan sies om Vestens forhold til Iran. Man tyr til kjente forklaringer. Det er maktkamp i ledelsen mellom de moderate og ekstreme og da gjelder det å støtte de moderate. Dialog er alltid riktig.

Denne troen ble rystet da Jafar Keyiani ble stenet, til tross for internasjonalt press. Stortingspresident Thorbjørn Jagland forsto at det var det samme som å peke nese til norske myndigheter.

Derfor er det ekstra interessant når lederen av rettsapparatets menneskerettskomite, Mohammad Javad Larijani, klart og tydelig forsvarer steningen.

July 15, 2007 — The head of the Iranian judiciary’s human rights committee, Mohammad Javad Larijani, today defended the use of stoning last week to execute a man convicted of adultery.

Larijani said the judiciary supports the principle of stoning despite international condemnation.

Larijani’s remarks also come amid an investigation by the judiciary authorities themselves into whether the stoning — which was ordered by a local judge to be carried out — violated a 2002 directive by judiciary head Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi against carrying out the practice.

When asked about the Shahrudi directive, Larijani called stoning a feature of Shari’a law and claimed that «Mr. Shahrudi is not opposed to the principle of a…verdict that is based on Islamic Shari’a,» according to AFP.

The stoning to death of Jafar Kiani in the northwestern province of Qazvin was the first time Iranian officials had confirmed such an execution in five years.

Kiani’s former partner and the mother of their two children, Mokarameh Ebrahimi, reportedly remains in jail.

International rights activists have expressed urgent concerns that officials might try to impose Ebrahimi’s sentence, too, and called for Iranian authorities not to execute her.

Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a dissident cleric who is a prominent Iranian source of emulation, pointed out to Radio Farda in a written statement on July 12 that adultery is difficult to prove under Islamic law and applicable only to cases under «certain conditions.» He also said that «executing this sentence under the sole discretion of the local judge is problematic,» adding that «what happened recently in Takestan has been in violation of the standards of law.»

Montazeri said that «if at any time or in any place such an execution leads to a weakening of faith, it must not be carried out.»

Montazeri argued that stoning sentences are simply meant to be a tool to create fear and discourage sin.

Mohammad Javad Larijani is the brother of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator and Supreme National Security Council secretary, Ali Larijani.

Totalitær islam

Det er interessant at de to regimene i nyere tid som står for en totalitær islam: Iran og Saudi-Arabia, begge anvender stening av kvinner av religiøse grunner. Dette var ikke en praksis som var vanlig innen islam. Tvert om. Innføring av stening sjokkerte befolkningen i Saudi-Arabia.

One of the acts that Abd al-Wahhab committed in Arabia, which generated a great amount of turmoil and opposition, was the stoning to death of a woman accused of adulterty. Historical sources state that no one had been stoned to death in Arabia in a very long time, and that many jurists were horrified by what they considereed to be the inhumane execution of this woman. Thios historical report is intriguing, because today stoning people to death is carried out all the time in Saudi Arabia whitout raising as much as an eyebrow.

Khaled Abou El Fadl: The Great Theft. Wrestling islam from the extremists.

I Iran var innføring av stening enda mer sjokkerende. Klokken er ikke bare skrudd bakover. Den går etter andre standarder, som vi kjenner fra det 20. århundres mareritt. Men erkjennelsen av dette vil gjøre oljehandler og samarbeid langt vanskeligere.