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British government joins celebrities in bid to save Iranian mother from stoning


Now Hague joins the international wave of fury against Iran’s decision to stone ‘adulterous’ mother to death

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Condemned: There is a growin international campaign to stop Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, from being stoned to death

Iran is facing an international outcry after a mother was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

British politicians are lending their support to efforts to save the life of 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

Foreign Minister William Hague has called on the Iranian government prevent the stoning.

The call has already been endorsed by congressmen, diplomats, and rights activists on both sides of the Atlantic.

In May 2006, a court in the northern city of Tabriz convicted Ashtiani of having an ‘illicit relationship’ with two men and sentenced her to 99 lashes.

Later that year, the mother-of-two was accused of murdering her husband. Those charges were dropped, but a panel of judges re-opened the inquiry into adultery charges.

Ashtiani was convicted by a majority of three judges to two, according to a legal loophole called ‘udicial knowledge’, which permits judges to make decisions based on their personal feelings, regardless of actual evidence.

Actors Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Juliette Binoche, fashion designer Katherine Hamnett and playwright Sir David Hare are among a host of celebrities who have signed up to the campaign for her release.

Author Philip Pullman, film producer Lord Puttnam, director Sir Richard Eyre and philosopher A.C. Grayling are also backing calls for clemency.

Alistair Burt, Foreign Office minister, described stoning as ‘a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world’ and said Iran’s continued use of it ‘demonstrates a blatant disregard for international human rights commitments’.


Barbaric: A woman is pictured being buried before she was stoned to death in Iran.

The punishment has been written into the country’s penal code since the Islamic Revolution in 1979

The son of the condemned woman, 22-year-old Sajad Ghadarzade, has risked his own freedom by sending a letter to human rights groups in which he rejects the adultery charges against his mother and says repeated attempt to secure her release have fallen on deaf ears with Iranian authorities.

In the letter, to the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty, he told Iran’s judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani: ‘I, as an Iranian citizen who has not yet succeeded in getting an audience with your office, say to you, the head of the judiciary who tells the television networks day in, day out, that justice must prevail and officials guilty of misconduct must be punished, that there is no justice in this country.’

Mr Ghadarzade, who lives in Tabriz, said the family had travelled six times to Tehran to petition Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad and written hundreds of letters, but was yet to receive a reply.

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July 8, 2010 - Posted by | People, Politics, religion

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