Thursday, July 8, 2010

Iran Set to Carry-Out Execution by Stoning

An Iranian woman has been sentenced to death by stoning. The sentence calls for Sakineh Ashtiani, a 42 year old mother, to first be buried up to her chest, according to the Iranian penal code. Stones will then be hurled at her that are large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.

According to CNN, Ashtiani was forced to confess to adultery after being subjected to 99 lashes, human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.

She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency. The Iranian Supreme Court upheld the sentence.

Mina Ahadi, told CNN that only an international campaign designed to pressure the Islamic regime in Tehran could save Ashtiani's life.

"Legally, it's all over," said Ahadi, who heads the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty. "It's a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute."

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