Nov 3, 2010
International pressure has once again prevented Ms Ashtiani from being murdered. Yes, murdered. Ms Ashtiani is innocent of all of the crimes she has been accused of committing. And even if she were guilty, she received the 99 lashes that were her initial punishment.
But it’s not over. The Islamic Republic of Iran is intent on murdering a completely innocent mother of two to cover for Ahmadinejad’s ridiculous lie that Ms Ashtiani was never sentenced to death by stoning. She was. Read the English translation of the official court sentencing. (Original papers in Persian available at ICAS.) Which is why they arrested and tortured her son and lawyer and the 2 German journalists they were speaking with. A mistake Iran cannot dismiss with anti-West propaganda. Irtan is now accountable to a foreign government for the lives of the 2 truly courageous German men.
Recall also the fate of Ms Ashtiani’s previous lawyer, Mohammed Mostafaei, who was arrested, tortured, released and then fled to Turkey, where he was detained and then given asylum in Norway. Recall also that he was the one responsible for the miscaptioning of the photo that led to Ms Ashtiani’s second 99 lashes. (Follow link at top for these posts.)
Today’s press release from the Save Sakineh Campaign follows.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani still faces execution
Global protests must continue
3 November 2010
According to reports received today, global protests have managed to prevent the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani as of now.
However the threat of imminent execution remains.
A global public outcry immediately followed news of her impending execution on 3 November, which was reported on by all major media outlets. Tens of interviews took place with Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of the International Committees against Stoning and Execution, Iran Solidarity Spokesperson Maryam Namazie, and other campaigners. Millions took immediate action worldwide by sending letters of protest to the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments calling for immediate action. A number of governments, including the French, Italian, Swedish, and US and the European Parliament and European Union responded at once and demanded that her execution be stopped.
There were a number of demonstrations on 2 November, including in Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, Rome and Washington, DC.
Once again, the Islamic Republic of Iran clearly saw the widespread global reaction to its decision to execute Ms Ashtiani and did not go ahead with her execution.
Ms Ashtiani’s execution, however, is still imminent. This is clear from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s response to protesting governments. The Committees have received reports that the highest court has sent the order for her execution to Tabriz prison; she could therefore be executed at any time.
The International Committees against Stoning and Execution salute protesting people worldwide that called for an end to Ms Ashtiani’s execution. It is as a result of public outcry that Ms Ashtiani is still alive today.
We ask that people continue their protests, exerting pressure on governments and the Islamic Republic of Iran and highlighting her situation until her execution is officially rescinded and she is released along with her son, Sajjad, her lawyer, Houtan Kian, and the two German journalists arrested on 10 October 2010.