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Iran Woman Facing Stoning Appears On TV

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:


Iran woman facing stoning death appears on state TV

By Robin Pomeroy

TEHRAN | Thu Aug 12, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) – An Iranian woman whose sentencing to death by stoning has sparked international outrage has apparently confessed to adultery and talked about her husband’s killing in a state television interview.

In the interview, aired on Wednesday night, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani also criticized her lawyer for publicizing her case, saying it had brought shame on her family

With her face blurred in the telecast and her words voiced over for translation into Farsi from local dialect, it was not immediately possible to independently verify the woman’s identity.

Ashtiani described how she had struck up a relationship with her husband’s cousin.

"He told me: ‘Let’s kill your husband’. I totally could not believe that my husband would be killed. I thought he was joking," said Ashtiani. "Later, I found out that killing was his profession.

"He came (to our house) and brought all the stuff. He brought electrical devices, plus wire and gloves. Later, he killed my husband by connecting him to the electricity," she said.

The head of the judiciary of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province told the television show that Ashtiani had injected an anesthetic into her husband. "After the husband went unconscious, the real murderer killed the victim by connecting electricity to his neck," he said.

It was not clear whether the cousin had been arrested.

Ashtiani, a mother of two, has received 99 lashes for having an illicit relationship with two men. The stoning sentence has been suspended pending a judicial review but could still be carried out, an Iranian judiciary official has said

Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, told Reuters that Ashtiani, who was convicted of "adultery while being married," was probably pressured into making her statements.

"Her life is in the hands of the people who have power in Iran, and whatever they want, they can achieve. It is a normal thing for Iranian TV to say lies," he said in Norway.

Same in our country.

He said the authorities might either now release Ashtiani in a show of magnanimity or "misuse her statements to justify her execution."

Mostafaei said earlier that Iranian authorities had issued a warrant for Mostafaei’s arrest and held his wife in jail for two weeks in an attempt to get him to return to Iran.

In the TV interview, Ashtiani said she would lodge a complaint against Mostafaei.

"Why did you publicize my case? Why did you harm my reputation and dignity? Not all of my relatives and family members knew that I am prison. Why did you do this to me?"

Who can believe that she has been coached?

Oh, and Happy Ramadan!

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Iran Woman Facing Stoning Appears On TV”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    How dare you save my life!

  2. beautyofreason says:

    Hmm, yeah, sure.

    Human nature tells me that a young woman with children is more concerned about public “dignity” than about getting (probably) raped the night before a few guys bury her to the neck in sand and kill her through blunt force trauma. I’m sure nobody would read from a script to get out of those quaint circumstances.

  3. jobeth says:

    “It was not clear whether the cousin had been arrested. “

    Of course! I’m guessing she said what he did…He said he didn’t do it. Her word is only half the worth of his…He wins.

    What a bunch of barbarians.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Coming to New York City Sooner Than You Think.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Islam, the Religion of Peace? How medieval of them.

    Bwaney Fwanks and his kind better hope we never get sharia law here. I can see it now, public stonings on the Washington Mall. The only good thing it might get San Fran Nan to shut her piehole.

  6. proreason says:

    “Ashtiani described how she had struck up a relationship with her husband’s cousin.

    “He told me: ‘Let’s kill your husband’. I totally could not believe that my husband would be killed. I thought he was joking,” said Ashtiani. “Later, I found out that killing was his profession.

    “He came (to our house) and brought all the stuff. He brought electrical devices, plus wire and gloves. Later, he killed my husband by connecting him to the electricity,” she said. ”

    S&L is like an education on steroids. I’ve been wondering how to seduce my cousin. Blogging doesn’t seem to be working.

    • jobeth says:

      When I was 13 and my cousin was 12 we had a crush on each other and were the amusement of the family….Do you mean to tell me we could have acted on it?….Dang!!!

      Now I find out!

      “He came (to our house) and brought all the stuff.”

      That should clear her right there….after all the stuff was there….

      Kinda reminds me of “Never let a crisis go to waste”…same concept isn’t it?

  7. canary says:

    Parents beware. Schools are making children read a book showing African muslim Sharia law and men rule or are considered gay. White Christians, and Democracy were bad and destroyed their native culture, like human sacrifices. etc. The hero strong leader is a muslim with 3 wifes and 9 children. How the evil white man Christians took away their native traditions of human sacrifice, witchcraft, suicide.,and tried to teach them about evil democracy. They can’t complain now. They get to kill, rape, eat people, do whatever they want. A staple book in the schools throughout Africa; now a staple book in American schools. Every year books the children read deal with suicide.

    “Things Fall Apart : A Book about a Strong Man” – by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. A staple book in schools throughout Africa.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Things_Fall_Apart

    I guess it’s becoming popular book for using in rapper songs & hip hop groups too. Enrollment day was so nice listening to swaggering groups of chorus coming from every which direction of groups swaggering chorus with violent, profanity mf type rap songs.
    While rev Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson complain about these songs they don’t realize that all across the country the n word is in school books, like Obama & his friends calling each other.

    Then there is the English literature book. Low & behold there is a section on “Christian Scriptures”.

    So, a huge book, and a few sentences on 1 page, which are not real scriptures, not sited, written stylish and hip. Basically..

    “owning land, homes & possessions are a sin.
    We are to be poor, because money is evil.”

    This and every year Christianity is taught, but it’s always in a horrible way. Such…
    “a man says his prayers at night, and then his head is cut off.”
    ” or a boy prays to God all the time for his sick sister to be healed, but mafia Al Capone is the one who ends up helping her”.

  8. Helena says:

    More info on the lawyer forced to run for his life, and background on the case:

    Escape to Norway: Iranian Anti-Stoning Lawyer Continues Fight from Exile – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,711975,00.html#ref=rss

    Human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who represented Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, was forced to flee Iran after the authorities became determined to silence him. Speaking to SPIEGEL from his exile in Norway, he talked of his plans to continue the fight to save Ashtiani.


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