Monday, September 27, 2010

Iran: Mother of two stoning sentence 'officially still in place'

People walk by posters of Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani which read 'save Sakineh' in central Rome on September 9, 2010.

According to the Iranians ~ this mother of two took part in an effort to kill her husband. But isn't stoning for adultery? Unless they enjoy stoning people ~ it would appear that the crime of an extramarital liaison is more serious than murder. Or they know she had nothing to do with her husband's death. But if she's believed to be a murderer, as well as an adulterer ~ than they can better fend off international outrage ~ and justify their barbaric action.

No joke, in Iran, some young men, who committed a terrible act, and should have been locked up if guilty, were sentenced to be thrown over the side of a cliff!!

Tehran, 27 Sept. (AKI) - The stoning sentence handed to Iranian mother Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still officially in place and could still be carried out, her lawyer told Adnkronos International (AKI).

His warning came after Iran's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week claimed it was untrue Ashtiani had been sentenced to death and her trial was still pending.

The head of Iran's judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, earlier said her sentenced had been suspended.

"Despite what the Iranian authorities have declared, there has been no official communication that the stoning sentence has been suspended by Iran's judiciary," Ashtiani's lawyer Javid Hutan Kian, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Ashtiani's life remains in danger, he said, urging international media not to lose interest in her case.

"I am very worried about Sakineh and call on the international press to keep her in the spotlight," Kian told AKI.

Ashtiani was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery and helping kill her husband, sparking international outrage. She is detained in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where she has no access to her two children.

She lost an appeal against her sentence and next month, Kian is due to discuss her case with judges from Iran's Supreme Court.

Kian said Sakineh's two children, Sajjad and Sahideh, allege they have been threatened by agents of the Iranian government and fell it is too risky for them to give any more interviews.

""Sakineh's son and daughter are in a bad psychological state. They are terrified at what the authorities could do to their mother, he said, urging journalists to contact him directly about the case.

There are 150 people in Iran who have been sentenced to death by stoning, most of them women. The last known stoning was carried out in 2007, although the government rarely confirms that such punishments have been meted out.

Stoning sentences in Iran are often converted to other punishments, such as hanging.

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