"Everyone has to be punished for murder," says Iran FM.Shifting blame ~ is it customary to stone people for murder in Islam?
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Iran's foreign minister says no final decision has been made about a woman who could be stoned to death for adultery, amid reports that her execution was imminent.
Manouchehr Mottaki's statement follows an international outcry over the stoning sentence against the 43-year-old woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
"Everyone has to be punished for murder," Mottaki said at a news conference in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. "The person has killed her husband and I think this fact will be considered as a crime in every country ... But in this case the final decision has not been made yet."
Earlier Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Mottaki had told him that a final verdict in Ashtiani's case has not been issued yet and that reports "about her eventual execution don't correspond to reality."