November 2, 2010
The Islamic Republic of Iran is going to murder another completely innocent woman in the name of Islam.
SAKINEH MOHAMMADI ASHTIANI, 43
Without a word of protest from those “moderate Muslims” we hear about – including the man behind the 9-11 mosque imam Rauf.
What isn’t clear is the method of execution — will Ms Ashtiani be stoned to death as originally planned or will she be hoisted up on an execution crane?
The Save Sakineh Campaign is reporting that Ms Ashtiani may be executed as soon as tomorrow [emphasis added]:
According to news received by the International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution on 1 November 2010, the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.
We had previously reported that the casefile regarding the murder case of Ms Ashtiani’s husband had been seized from her lawyer’s office, Houtan Kian, and found missing from the prosecutor’s Oskoo branch office so as to stitch Ms Ashtiani up with trumped up murder charges.
Ms Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and her lawyer, Houtan Kian, have warned of the regime’s plan to do so on many occasions. With the arrest of Ms Ashtiani’s son and lawyer on 10 October and her not having had any visitation rights since 11 August and after fabricating a new case against her, the “Human Rights Commission” of the regime has announced that: ‘according to the existing evidence, her guilt has been confirmed.’
One wonders if Ahmadinejad has already tortured to death Ms Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad.
As far as I am aware, Sajjad has not been heard from since he was arrested (along with his mother’s lawyer Houtan Kian) for doing nothing other than talking to journalists to help stop his innocent mother from being murdered. All 4 were arrested together and yet only the whereabouts of Kian and the 2 Germans are known (Tabriz prison – same as Ms Ashtiani), which begs the question: Was Sajjad tortured to death?
Sajjad Ghaderzadeh and Houtan Kian have been severely tortured in order to obtain confessions against Sakineh and themselves since their arrests on 10 October along with two German journalists. The initial interrogations by the Ministry of Intelligence have now been completed and the casefile sent to the National Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesperson, Mohsen-Ejehi, in Tehran rather than being handled in Tabriz. Their families are concerned for their wellbeing. When attempting to secure lawyers for the two, authorities have said that the two men did not need legal representation.
Ms Ashtiani supporters protested outside the Iranian Embassy in Paris today:
In protest against the planned execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, several women’s and human rights organizations, the International Committee Against Stoning and Execution, and Iran Solidarity organized a successful protest in front of the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran in Paris today. The protest started at 2pm with statements by the organizations’ representatives. Significant numbers of national and international media attended the press conference. Maryam Namazie, spokesperson of Iran Solidarity, attended the rally and press conference in Paris.
*Mission Free Iran is holding a candlelight vigil tonite (10 pm EST) outside the Islamic Republic Offices in DC (2209 Wisconsin Avenue NW).