Iranian woman could be stoned Wednesday: Activist

An Iranian activist said, a woman sentenced to death by stoning could be executed as early as Wednesday, citing sources close to the court.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 20:55 PM IST

Berlin: An Iranian activist said, a woman
sentenced to death by stoning could be executed as early as
Wednesday, citing sources close to the court.

"We received the information three days ago," exiled
human rights activist Mina Ahadi said AFP by telephone today,
citing a letter sent from a court in the north-western city of
Tabriz, where Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani is in custody.

"If the decision is taken, she could be executed on
Wednesday. We are very afraid."

Mohammadi-Ashtiani was sentenced to death by two
different courts in Tabriz in separate trials in 2006.
The first death sentence, by hanging, for her
involvement in the murder of her husband, was commuted to a
10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007.

But the second, by stoning, was on a charge of
adultery levelled over several relationships, notably with the
man convicted of her husband`s murder, and was upheld by
another appeals court the same year.

Since July, Iran has repeatedly said that the stoning
sentence has been stayed pending a final decision, amid
international outcry over the case.

Bureau Report