Friday, July 9, 2010

Iranian Woman Will Not Be Stoned, May Still Be Killed

With more than 380 executions in 2009, Iran is second only to China in the number of people it condemns to death. Given the population differences between the two countries, that makes Iran the world's top executioner per capita, says Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The country is also responsible for seventy-five percent of all executions of juveniles, says Ghaemi.

Awesome , Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani , will not be Stoned to death !

Oh , wait a Minute , no she will probably be Hanged !

And Iran is real good at this also , for Women , they loosen the Noose enough that it takes them a long time to Die , and not only that they are not dropped so to break their neck ! they are raised slowly by a crane ! it will take several Minutes for the victim to Die !

Stoning reports are "false news," says Iran's embassy in London

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman whose impending execution ignited worldwide outrage this week, will not be stoned to death, the Iranian embassy in London told reporters on Thursday. She could, however, still face death by other means such as hanging.

In a rapid-fire campaign that galvanized forces both online and in the halls of government, Ashtiani's cause was taken up by prominent figures as varied as Senator John Kerry, Lindsay Lohan, the Norwegian foreign affairs office, actors Colin Firth and Emma Thompson and British foreign secretary William Hague, who called stoning a "medieval punishment" that, if carried out, would "disgust and appall the watching world."

Human rights reports say Ashtiani has been in prison since May 2006, when she was convicted of adultery. She was sentenced to a punishment of 99 lashes, which has already been carried out. Later that year she was accused of murdering her husband. Those charges were dropped, but an inquiry into the adultery charge was reopened. The judges convicted her based on "judge's knowledge," or conviction of guilt, rather than hard evidence, despite the retraction of a confession she maintains was made under duress. Ashtiani also may have suffered from a language barrier, since she speaks Turkish, not Farsi.

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