Posted by: bahareiran | September 8, 2010

Iran scoffs at European concern over case of woman

AP– Sep 7, TEHRAN, Iran – Iran is scoffing at European concern over the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned to death on an adultery conviction. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says Tuesday that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani faces charges of murder and infidelity and the case shouldn’t be linked to human rights. He says Europeans who believe freedom for murderers serves human rights should release their own murderers from jail. France and Italy have urged Iran to show flexibility in the case. The Vatican has raised the possibility of using diplomacy to try to save her life.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The lawyer for an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned on an adultery conviction said Monday that he and her children are worried the delayed execution could be carried out soon with the end of a moratorium on death sentences for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In an unusual turn in the case, the lawyer also confirmed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was lashed 99 times last week in a separate punishment meted out because a British newspaper ran a picture of an unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her. “The possibility of stoning still exists, any moment,” Kian told The Associated Press. “Her stoning sentence was only delayed; it has not been lifted yet.” Kian says he believes she was tortured into confessing.

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