Iranian woman escapes stoning : Iran has said that a woman who was sentence to death for adultery will not be stoned to death after International cry pressured the Islamic administration or Iran.
Iran has said that a woman who was sentence to death for adultery will not be stoned to death after International outcry pressured the Islamic administration or Iran.
The woman aged 43-year-old was sentenced to death by stoning after courts in the Islamic republic found her guilty of adultery with two men after her husband had died.
It is not yet known if the death sentence was lifted or only the method of death was changed by the courts.
The Iranian embassy in London issued a statement saying “according to information from the relevant judicial authorities in Iran, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will not be executed by stoning,”
Mrs Ashtiani was previously found guilty of adultery after her husband had died and received 99 lashes which is the law in Iran.
However the mother of two was later found guilty of having an affair while still married to her late husband, which is punished by death in the Strict Islamic country.
According to Human rights group Amnesty International, Ashtiani was convicted in 2006 or 2007.
Other countries including, United States, Germany and UK have been condemning the planned execution of the woman.
The execution of stoning consists of men being buried up to their chest and women being buried up to their neck before a black hood is place on the victims head and they are stoned until they die.
British foreign minister, William Hague said on Thursday that the execution method was “appalling”.
William Hague said “I’m appalled by reports of the imminent execution, I think that stoning is a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world and the continued use of such a punishment in Iran demonstrates in our view a blatant disregard for human rights.
“I think if this punishment were carried out, it would disgust and appall the watching world.”
One of Mrs Ashtiani’s sons, 22-year-old Sajjad, has also condemned the execution conviction of his mother and has sent an open letter to human rights groups.
Sajjad’s letter rights “I ask you to send the letter of my mother’s pardon to Tabriz and return my mother’s life back to her. I hope that you see to it that justice in my mother’s case prevails,
“My mother is in a bad psychological state, and in five whole years has been imprisoned without a day of leave from the prison).”
Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has also said that he will raise the issue with the Iranian administration.
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