An Iranian mullah judiciary official today denied reports that a young woman, who has been sentenced to death for prostitution, is mentally disabled.
Leila Mafi, 21, was sentenced more than a year ago by a court in Arak, central Iran, for having illegal sex. The death verdict is now being reviewed by the Supreme Court, Mohammad Hossein Pourianmehr said today.
Hanging is the usual form of execution in Iran’s mullahs regime.
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Leila’s case had been little noted in her country but was brought to world attention last week by London-based Amnesty International. The human rights watchdog said she was 19 with the mental capacity of an eight-year-old.
Pourianmehr said Leila was in full mental and physical health and had confessed. he said she was 19 when she was arrested, which may account for the age given by Amnesty.