August 4, 2010
Here’s the Save Sakineh Campaign‘s press release: “Iranian state media’s propaganda against Ms Ashtiani’s case” in which Ms Mina Ahadi lays out the lies, including that Ms Ashtiani killed her husband. Besides the fact that she did not – she was tried and found not guilty. But that hasn’t stopped Chief Justice of the East Azarbaijan province in Iran, Malek Ajdar Sharifi, from declaring that Ms Ashtiani’s “crime of murdering her husband was so severe and brutal that they couldn’t reveal the details in public”.
What he neglected to mention is the man convicted of the husband’s murder is in prison and the family of the murdered husband has halted the murderer’s execution and that Ms Ashtiani was convicted of adultery on the “knowledge” of 3/5 judges. No evidence was presented and no witnesses testified and most shocking of all – TWO OF THE FIVE MALE JUDGES DID NOT FIND HER GUILTY.
And should Ms Ashtiani be executed – by whatever means – those two men will be the guiltiest of all.
The propaganda in Iran is so extreme Ms Ashtiani’s 22 y/o son Sajjad said:
I see the news on TV and the problems in Pakistan and Afghanistan are somehow all being linked to my mother and I hear all the time that my mother must be executed because she is apparently such a heartless woman.
Which brings up the question: Is the campaign making him, his 17 y/o sister Saideh and his condemned mother aware of the international outrage and the efforts being made on their behalf?
Both he and his sister will be allowed a brief visit with their mother in prison. Usually they are only allowed 5 minutes visitation through glass on Mondays.
FULL PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWS
Today Sajad and Saide will see their mother Sakine in prison
Today Sajad and Saide are visiting their mother in prison. Sajad had also been told by officials that he would receive news about his mother’s case today.In a recent statement Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the Chief Justice of the East Azarbaijan province in Iran said that Ms Ashtiani’s crime of murdering her husband was so severe and brutal that they couldn’t reveal the details in public. He said that she was convicted of adultery, murder and other crimes by the Criminal Court in Tabriz. This is clearly not correct. May we remind the Chief Justice that Ms Ashtiani has never been convicted of murdering her husband but that already in 2005 a man was convicted for the murder. ICAS has court documents that show that it was the prosecution in Tabriz that brought the charge of adultery against Ms Ashtiani and that she was convicted through the ‘knowledge’ of three of the five judges.
Ajdar Sharifi then attacks the organisations, media and individuals in the West who lobby on behalf of Ms Ashtiani by referring to the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. The increased reporting on Ms Ashtinai’s case in the Iranian state media reflects this approach. Ms Ashtiani’s children fear that through such a strategy the Iranian government and media are preparing for a quick execution of their mother.
Ms Ashtiani’s son Sajad says:
‘I see the news on TV and the problems in Pakistan and Afghanistan are somehow all being linked to my mother and I hear all the time that my mother must be executed because she is apparently such a heartless woman.’
We emphasize that Ms Ashtiani is still in acute danger of being stoned or executed by other means. The recent developments show that Ms Ashtiani is in danger of being executed very soon. We are repeating that Ms Ashtiani has committed no crime. Rather she is an example of the utter oppression of women under the Islamic regime in Iran. Her case shows how ‘justice’ and the ‘law’ in Iran are used as a tool by the Islamic regime to terrorize its own people. With Saeed Mortazavi being put in charge of the decision over her case, with the statements by the Azerbaijan justice department and the Iranian state media’s coverage of the case we fear that the Islamic regime continue on the path of oppression and have already decided Sakine’s fate.
The campaign to save Sakine continues. We are urging governments across the world to lobby for Ms Ashtiani and offer her refuge in their country.
ICAS is organising the ‘100 cities against stoning’ action to continue our efforts to save Sakine and the other 25 people who are currently sentenced to die by stoning and to advance towards our goal to abolish stoning.
Mina Ahadi, spokesperson ICAE, ICAS