Iran: Stoning woman may be spared

The head of Iran`s human rights council predicted that a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery will likely be spared from execution.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 10:17 AM IST

Tehran: The head of Iran`s human rights council predicted that a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery will likely be spared from execution.

The stoning sentence against 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani drew an international outcry. It was then put on hold and is now being reviewed by Iran`s Supreme Court.

"Iran`s Council of Human Rights has helped a lot to reduce her sentence and we think there is a good chance that her life could be saved," Mohammad Javad Larijani said on Press TV. She was convicted of adultery and sentenced to be stoned, even though she retracted a confession that she says was made under duress

Bureau Report