Life And Death Fun And Games In Iran

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is free!

Iranian woman facing death ‘freed’

Photographs of an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, have been released, but without any official confirmation of a report that she has been freed.

The images, released on Thursday by the Iranian state-controlled Press TV, show Ashtiani while on home leave last week.

The International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS), a German-based campaign group, says the photographs suggest Ashtiani has been freed.

Patty Debonitas, a spokesperson for the committee, one of the main groups which campaigned on behalf of Ashtiani, hailed the reported release a “historic” victory in an interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday.

“It’s a historical success because the international outcry worked,” Debonitas said.

Um, no she’s not.

Iran state television denies reports of woman sentenced to stoning’s release

State television in Iran denied reports that a mother of two sentenced to death by stoning had been released.

Earlier rumours that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case sparked a massive international outcry and calls from celebrities that she be released or her sentence commuted, would be freed prompted jubilation around the world.

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Early Friday local time, government-owned Press TV released a statement saying Ms. Ashtiani had been taken home to film a special in which she would confess to murdering her husband and show the scene of the crime for a TV special.

“Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a team of broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene,” the broadcaster wrote.

The “Iran Today” program, said it would broadcast its report on Ms. Ashtiani’s case Friday evening and over the weekend.

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Iranians Must Get Stoned

Is or will Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani be free? Who knows? Knowing how cruel and diabolical the Iranian government is, I doubt it. It’s evil enough that the Iranian government sentenced a women to death by stoning, for adultery, but what kind of sadistic government forces the condemned to confess and reenact the crime, which may or may not be coerced, on State TV? What manner of barbaric voyeurism is that?

/I’d like to believe she’s free, she’s already been through tortuous, life threatening hell in an Iranian prison, but I won’t believe it until she appears on TV in a Western country

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.

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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

Iranians Must Get Stoned

Ah yes, there’s nothing like the 7th century justice of Sharia law, carried out Iranian style.

Death by stoning imminent for Iranian woman, attorney says

Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, is waiting to die in Iran by a method of execution described by her lawyer as “barbaric” — stoning.

She will be buried up to her chest, deeper than a man would be, and the stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately, according to an Amnesty International report that cited the Iranian penal code.

The 42-year-old woman from the northern city of Tabriz was convicted of adultery in 2006, and her execution is imminent, said prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei.

Ashtiani was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.

She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency.

Iran’s supreme court upheld the conviction in 2007.

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Adultery as a capital crime, punishable by stoning, this is beyond barbaric. Isn’t Islam wonderful?

/and remember, these lovely people are on the verge of developing deliverable nuclear weapons