The head of the Judiciary’s Human Rights Headquarters Mohammad Javad Larijani said, “We, in the judiciary system should be aware of criticism by others and we should know what the enemy is sensitive to. If the west honors adultery, we should also firmly and seriously defend the stoning sentence.” Larijani explained, “For instance in Sakineh Ashtiani’s case, they advertised propaganda against the system. In this case we did not even have one single transgressive judge; even the judge handling the case was a sincere person.”
“The problem is that the West does not understand that Qesas (retaliation) is different than execution. We are not shy of ‘stoning’ or any other Islamic rule. Thus nobody has the right to ask the judge to distant himself from some sentences because the UN will get upset.” Larijani added.
(Fars state-run News Agency- Apr. 9, 2014)