August 30, 2010
The media mantra is Islam is not evil. Muslims are not evil.
In this case, Islamic law (shariah, qesas) is evil. And the Muslims behind it are evil.
The Islamic Republic of Iran told Ms Ashtiani that she would be executed at dawn following the August 28th 100 Cities Around the World Against Stoning in her name. [Which was a great success. Save Sakineh Campaign site has photo/video/posts from the various cities. Next post.]
It wasn’t until noon that Ms Ashtiani realized it was mock execution intended to torture her without touching her. Routine behavior for the sadists it seems. 15 y/o girl sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery. Wonder how long she had been married – half her life?
AZAR BAGHERI is a young girl who has been in jail for four years, awaiting execution by stoning. She was 15 years old when she was convicted of adultery. She has been subjected to mock stonings twice [wrapped in a shroud and buried in preparation to be stoned, then released].
Full press release follows.
No More Executions
Posted on August 29, 2010 by enghelaboandishe
On the 28th of August, in connection with the global protests against stoning and the death penalty that took place in at least 111 cities around the world, the authorities of Tabriz prison informed Sakineh that she would be executed on the 29th of August at dawn. She was told that she could write her will if she wished to do so. Sakineh started to cry and wrote her will. She waited for her execution the whole night. She waited for the guards to take her to the place of execution. Sakineh’s friends in prison showed her their deep grief and tried to comfort and calm her. However, until this hour, noon on August 29th, there has been no news concerning the completion of this death sentence. It seems that the Islamic Republic, while under immense international pressure, wanted to give the impression that it would not bow to world public opinion.
The International Committee against Stoning and the International Committee against Execution strongly condemn such heinous and criminal behavior of the Islamic regime towards prisoners sentenced to death. This [mock preparation for execution] is an indicator of the lack of detainees’ human rights. Over the years, the regime has threatened prisoners with execution sentences in order to intimidate and torture them mentally.
Azar Bagheri is a young girl who has been in jail for four years, awaiting execution by stoning. She was 15 years old when she was convicted of adultery. She has been subjected to mock stonings twice [wrapped in a shroud and buried in preparation to be stoned, then released]. The dimensions of this regime’s atrocities have no limits. Opposition by Iranian people and people worldwide is the only way to push back this regime and finally free the Iranian people and all of humanity from this Islamic regime.
The International Committee against Stoning and the International Committee against Execution will continue the campaign to save Sakineh and other prisoners sentenced to execution and stoning. From here, we encourage the world to participate actively in this struggle.
August 29, 2010
Translated by Marjan Vaez