Iran to review woman's stoning verdict

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Iran to review woman's stoning verdict
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 9:33am

TEHRAN, Iran ��� Iran's top human rights official said the death by stoning sentence for a 43-year-old woman convicted of adultery is under review.

The sentence to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by stoning drew worldwide outcry after it was publicized by her lawyer, who had warned she was facing imminent execution.

British media reported late Thursday that the stoning would not occur, citing the Iranian embassy in London.

Mohammed Javad Larijani of Iran's human rights council told the state news agency late on Friday that the "review and appeal of the verdict is on the agenda," though he maintained it was not due to outside pressure.

"The hue and cry that the West has launched over this case will not affect our judges," he said. "The implementation of Islamic regulations like stoning and the headscarf have always been faced with their ugly hostility and opposition."

He added that converting sentences of stoning to alternative punishments was common.

Amnesty International, however, warned Ashtiani should not be executed by some other method, noting that three people sentenced to stoning last year were instead hanged.

"A mere change of the method of execution would not address the injustice faced by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa deputy director in a statement Friday.

Stoning was widely imposed in the years following the revolution, and even though Iran's judiciary still regularly hands down such sentences, they are often converted to other punishments. The last known stoning was carried out in 2008, although the government rarely confirms that such punishments have been meted out.

Human Rights Watch, one of several groups publicizing Ashtiani's case, said she was first convicted in May 2006 of having an "illicit relationship" with two men following the death of her husband — for which a court in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, sentenced her to 99 lashes.

But later that year she was also convicted of adultery, despite having retracted a confession which she claims was made under duress.

In its report Friday, the state news agency added that Western media, specifically BBC and Radio Free Europe's Farsi services, had launched a propaganda campaign over the case.





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Registered: 07-13-2010
Wed, 07-14-2010 - 8:43am
It's difficult for most of the civilized world to understand such practices.
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Registered: 07-19-2010
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 5:56pm

Gee, doesn't it make you have all the faith in the world in the U.N. for electing Iran to commission on women's rights?

Where was the U.S. when this happened to voice our opposition?

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 9:44am
AND "honor" killings have come to the US!

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Registered: 07-19-2010
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 4:47pm

Oh yes, I know! There was one that happened in my town a while back. Very sad.

I have been looking and searching to see some of the peacefulness and tolerance that this religion preaches so.

Anyone have an example? Anyone?

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 10:04am

Update: Iran Stoning Case Lawyer Reported Missing

The lawyer representing an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has gone missing.

Mohammed Mostafaei has not been seen or heard from since last Saturday when he spent four hours being questioned at the notorious Evin prison.

Agents later went to his house with an arrest warrant but he was not there. They subsequently arrested his wife and brother-in-law and reports say the pair have been charged with trying to help her husband avoid arrest.

Mr Mostafaei took up the cause of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani a year ago following her 2006 conviction of an "illicit relationship" - she says her confession was made under duress.

She has already received 99 lashes and spent five years in prison.

The Iranian government's actions have caused concern among human rights groups in the West.

"It's deeply worrying that the Iranian authorities now appear to be targeting Sakineh's lawyer," Tim Hancock, the UK campaigns director of Amnesty International told The Times.

"Mohammed Mostafaei is a lawyer doing his job, trying to defend his client. He should be left alone to practise the law, not subjected to harassment and intimidation.

"It's shocking that the authorities have detained his wife and her brother in an apparent effort to put pressure on Mostafaei."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it is disturbed by the arrests and said of Mr Mostafaei: "He's been bravely defending the legitimate rights of Iranian citizens under Iranian and international law."

The International Committee Against Execution, which has campaigned for Ms Ashtiani's life, urged all human rights organisations to demand the immediate release of Mr Mostafaei's wife and brother-in-law.

"The Islamic Republic must be forced to stop harassing and intimidating Mr Mostafaei and others like him in their legal efforts to pursue justice," it said.

The regime's pursuit of Mr Mostafaei bodes ill for Ms Ashtiani - international outrage forced the regime to suspend her stoning but she could still be executed by other means.

Mr Mostafaei, who is in his late thirties and has a seven-year-old daughter, is known for his brave choices as a human rights lawyer, successfully representing a number of death-row inmates, particularly juveniles.

He also writes a blog that highlights human rights abuses in Iran.



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Registered: 07-19-2010
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 12:37pm

This really shouldn't shock anybody. Thanks to Islam's Sharia law....women will never have any rights and anyone who tries to defend them will most likely be killed...or their family members killed.

Which again brings me to the point of why the Obama administration didn't strongly object when the U.N. elected Iran to commission over women's rights.

Odd....don't you think?