July 6, 2010

Iranian Mother Stoned

An Iranian woman, and mother of two, could soon be stoned to death under the sentence being imposed on her by authorities in Iran.

The woman, Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, would be buried up to her chest, and then stones would be hurled at her until she died. Her crime: adultery.

And to make matters worse, she was convicted only because authorities forced a confession out of her by subjecting her to brutal lashings. She later retracted the confession, and pleaded for clemency, but no mercy has been given and she could now face this barbaric penalty any day now if the Iranian authorities are not persuaded to change their plans.

Said one of the protest leaders about the need to speak out against this atrocious act: "Legally it's all over, It's a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute. That is why we have decided to start a very broad, international public movement. Only that can help."

Iranian Mother Stoned

A veteran Iranian human rights activist has warned that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, could be stoned to death at any moment under the terms of a death sentence handed down by Iranian authorities. Only an international campaign designed to pressure the regime in Tehran can save her life, according to Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty. Article 74 of the Iranian penal code requires at least four witnesses -- four men or three men and two women -- for an adulterer to receive a stoning sentence...

Iranian Mother Stoned

Posted at July 6, 2010 6:20 AM