Iran FM: Ms Ashtiani on trial for murder

Sept 8, 2010

Ashtiani/stoning posts

CNN quotes Iran FM who says what’s happening to Ms Ashtiani is not a human rights issue because she is on trial for murder.

Directly from CNN:

Iran has put the stoning sentence of a woman convicted of adultery and murder “on hold,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told state-run Press TV on Wednesday.

While the statement did not differ greatly from previous, sometimes contradictory reports from the Iranian government about the fate of the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, it did indicate continued attention to the murder aspect of her case.

“The sentencing of Ms. Ashtiani for adultery has been stopped and (her case) is being reviewed again, and her sentencing for complicity in murder is in process,” Mehmanparast said.

They give some background of the case and then this:

Mehmanparast said those concerned about Ashtiani’s condition should have some consideration for the family of the victim, according to Press TV.

“Defending a person on trial for murder should not be turned into a human rights matter,” Mehmanparast said.

Are not Sakineh’s children Sajjad and Saideh the family of the victim? No reporting on the fact that they were the ones who prevented the murderer from being executed. The great irony of the case that has yet to be reported on.

Nothing about the UK Times photo – nothing about the re-lashing of Ms Ashtiani – nothing about why Iran is keeping her lawyer and children from seeing her.

And no mention of the fact that Ms Ashtiani was already acquitted of involvement in her husband’s murder – the murderer is in prison – and that a person cannot be punished twice for the same crime under Iran’s constitution.

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that had they really thought she was responsible for the murder of her husband and had any type of proof that she would still be alive?

Nothing new from Mission Free Iran – will check Save Sakineh site next. It is extremely frustrated to try and advocate for someone when the story keeps changing.

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