Good News Or Game Playing?


If true, this would certainly be a step in the right direction. Then again, it’s Iran we’re talking about, so who knows?

Iran Suspends Stoning Sentence

Iranian authorities say a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death for the crime, but she still faces murder charges in the death of her husband.

Iran’s state-run TV on Wednesday quoted a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry as saying Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s death sentence for adultery had been suspended, but that her sentencing for “complicity in murder” was still in progress.

The stoning sentence for Ashtiani has drawn international outcry from countries and human rights groups. On Tuesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he was appalled by what he called a “barbaric” sentence.

In 2006, Ashtiani pleaded guilty to having a relationship with two men, following her husband’s death. She received 99 lashes as punishment. Several months later, a separate court prosecuted one of the two men on charges of killing her husband. The court also convicted Ashtiani of “adultery while being married” and sentenced her to death by stoning. She has denied the charges.

See also:
Son seeks proof Iranian stoning case ‘on hold’
Lawyer says Iran stoning woman ‘will not be executed’
Iran Lifts Sentence of Stoning for Woman
Iran suspends death by stoning case
Iran says woman’s stoning sentence stayed
Stoning sentence on hold, says Iranian foreign ministry
Iran says stoning sentenced suspended, under review
Why Iran suspended woman’s stoning sentence
Human Rights Campaigners Keep up the Fight for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
EU: Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough
Iranians Must Get Stoned

The bottom line is that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still in an Iranian prison and still facing very serious charges.

/this sad saga is still far from over

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