Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

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Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi (born in 1948) has been the head of the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1999.

He was born in Najaf, Iraq.

Ayatollah Shahroudi is best known for ordering a moratorium on stoning as a form of the death penalty. However later it was shown that executions by stoning are still being carried out, in spite of his claims that they have stopped. Stoning is still happening inside prisons, where the public cannot see it.[1].

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