Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani

Ms. Ashtiani has been sentenced to death by stoning.  She commited adultery.  It was definitely bad.  The two men with whom she was involved, allegedly killed her husband.

And, of course, things are trickier than they first appear:

Ashtiani’s attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei, an acclaimed human rights lawyer, told the Guardian, “This is an absolutely illegal sentence. Two of five judges who investigated Sakineh’s case in Tabriz prison concluded that there’s no forensic evidence of adultery.” For a case of adultery to be punishable by stoning, four witnesses must be able to confirm the act, according to Article 74 of the Iranian penal code. In Ashtiani’s case, there are no witnesses . Additionally, the trial was conducted in Farsi, while Ashtiani, from Northwestern Iran, speaks Turkish.  (www.feministwiredaily.org)

Ashtiani’s attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei, an acclaimed human rights lawyer, told the Guardian, “This is an absolutely illegal sentence. Two of five judges who investigated Sakineh’s case in Tabriz prison concluded that there’s no forensic evidence of adultery.” For a case of adultery to be punishable by stoning, four witnesses must be able to confirm the act, according to Article 74 of the Iranian penal code. In Ashtiani’s case, there are no witnesses . Additionally, the trial was conducted in Farsi, while Ashtiani, from Northwestern Iran, speaks Turkish.

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Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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