Note: Stoning to death is a pre-Islamic practice condemned by the Islamic religeon.
"The condemned are wrapped head to foot in white shrouds and buried up to their waists.
"Then the stoning begins. The stones are specifically chosen so they are large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the condemned immediately. They are guaranteed a slow, torturous death. Sometimes their children are forced to watch. Their offense is usually adultery.
"This is capital punishment Iranian [mullahs'] style, even under the so-called moderate new president, Mohammed Khatami."
The video clip you are about to see, is not easy to watch. It depicts graphic scenes of people being stoned to death for "moral" offenses, a barbaric practice all too common in Iran under the mullahs. The documentary was smuggled out at great risk by supporters of the major Iranian opposition movement, the People's Mojahedin. It is atypical only in that the victims on this particular day were men. Most often, women are stoned to death, usually for prostitution. If they are mothers, their children are often required by law to attend the atrocity, to watch them "repent" for their sins.
The film shows one man being lashed and four other men being stoned to death. Among those in attendance are the Chief Religious Judge of the Armed Forces and a number of Security commanders. Enshrouded in white sheets and tied to restrain them, the victims are buried up to the waist in sand. Then they are slowly tortured to death. To prolong their torment, the medieval law of the mullahs even stipulates that stones too small to cause sufficient pain, and those so large as to kill the victims too swiftly, are illegal at a stoning.