Iranian parliament approves law on apostasy calling for death penalty

[ 25 Sep 2008 11:48 ]
Tehran – APA. Iranian parliament approved the law calling for a mandatory death sentence for apostates, or those who leave Islam.

APA reports that members of the parliament citing to sharia (Islamic law) made decision on death sentence for men abjuring Islam and life sentence for women.According to other points of the new law, extrasensory individuals, fortune-tellers and homosexuals will also be sentenced to death. This grave punishment is applied to men and women abjuring Islam. 196 parliamentarians voted for the law, 7 against, 2 abstained. European missionary organizations condemned the decision of Iranian parliament.
Two men converted to Christianity were arrested in Shiraz in May this year. Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran demands death sentence for them.

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