Monday, July 5, 2010

Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death By Stoning

On the morning following a day celebrating our freedoms in this wonderful country I watched one of the more disturbing and horrific stories regarding religious dictatorship in Iran on CNN. This is indeed a story that belongs in the 12th century.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian mother of two, was convicted of adultery in 2006. She confessed her adultery while being given 99 lashes. She later recanted her confession, obtained under torture. Her conviction was not based on evidence, but on the determination of three of the five judges hearing her case.

Iran's Supreme Court upheld her conviction three years ago, and the stoning can take place at any time. Amnesty International has said the stoning will probably not be open to the public, as to deflect the condemnation of the international community. From the beginning of the year until June 6 there have been 126 executions in Iran , according to Amnesty International.

Here's the complete story from


Sue said...

it's horrific Hugh! What can the world do about this type of torture? We can't be the worlds police but it seems inhumane to do nothing!

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Sue- it is horrific. Like knowing that a perfectly legal murder will take place, courtesy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (with liberty and justice for a handful).....and being virtually powerless to do anything but protest.

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