Jacqi – found the two original posts and combined them here. Also have her son’s appeal to Iranian officials and the world community, Ms Ashtiani’s own words from prison, resolutions against her execution, kidnapping of her lawyer’s wife & brother-in-law and videos: Shohreh Aghdashloo (Stoning of Soroya M) re: Ms Ashtiani, International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day. Ran across updates from the Iran Times/Guardian with more details about her case that I’ll update later.
July 11, 2010
Meet SAKINEH MOHAMMADIE ASHTIANI, 42, mother of 2 (son, daughter) who has been imprisoned for 5 years after first receiving 99 lashes for the alleged crime of adultery and is now been sentenced to death by stoning.
Forced to marry (don’t know age)
2005 Arrested for alleged adultery
2006 Wrongfully “Convicted” of adultery
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.
A woman must prove her innocence and her husband’s guilt.
THERE WERE NO WITNESSES
NO EVIDENCE WAS EVEN SUBMITTED
The family made no allegations – it was the Tabriz prosecutor who brought charges and the conviction was based on the determination of 3 out of 5 judges. But what were their determinations based on…a spurned impotent man’s spite?
She was then was subjected to 99 lashes and imprisoned, where she remains today.
After surviving the lashing – she confessed – which she later recanted. She is of Azerbaijani descent and speaks Turkish, not Farsi, so it was impossible for her to follow the court proceedings.
2007 Unsuccessful appeal – “conviction” upheld by Iran’s supreme court
While imprisoned, the impotent savages decided to charge her with her husband’s murder. She was acquitted but they changed her sentence to death by stoning.Vodpod videos no longer available.
CNN’s Mohammed Jamjoon
Amnesty International has recorded 126 executions in Iran from Jan 1 – June 6.
ANOTHER VIDEO FOLLOWS
Iran denying that the stoning will take place.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Iranian Embassy in London denying the verdict. They have no power over anything:
[T]his mission denies the false news aired in this respect and … according to information from the relevant judicial authorities in Iran, she will not be executed by stoning punishment.
It is notable that this kind of punishment has rarely been implemented in Iran and various means and remedies must be probed and exhausted to finally come up with such a punishment.
Makes no sense. She had already received her first punishment.
MINA AHADI, head of the International Committee Against Executions, who fled her own execution in the early 80’s:
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. Experience shows (that) … when the pressure gets very high, the Islamic government starts to say something different.
Assistant Secretary of State PJ CROWLEY:
We have grave concerns that the punishment does not fit the alleged crime. For a modern society such as Iran, we think this raises significant human rights concerns. From the United States’ standpoint, we don’t think putting women to death for adultery is an appropriate punishment.
How about sentencing a woman to anything when there were no witnesses and no evidence?
US State Department spokesman MARK TONER:
We’re deeply troubled by press reports of the planned execution by Iranian authorities of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by stoning. Stoning as a means of execution is tantamount to torture. It’s barbaric and an abhorrent act. We call on the Iranian authorities to live up to their due process commitments under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and we condemn in the strongest terms the use of the practice of stoning anywhere it occurs as a form of legalized death by torture.