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Iranian mother of two faces death by stoning over alleged adultery

By David Edwards and John Byrne
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 9:13 EDT
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A 42-year-old Afghan woman convicted of adultery in 2006 is set to be stoned to death shortly, according to human rights activists.

Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, convicted of adultery, could be stoned to death under Iranian law. Iran’s penal code is extremely severe: in 2005, the country executed two alleged gay teenagers by hanging them to death (a photograph of the incident appears above right).

“Legally it’s all over,” Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty told CNN Sunday. “It’s a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute.”

“That is why we have decided to start a very broad, international public movement. Only that can help.”

According to her lawyer, Sakineh was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes.

Notes CNN: “Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.”

CNN has more details.

This video is from CNN.com, broadcast July 5, 2010.

 
 
 
 
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