IRAN WATCH CANADA

Saturday, August 28, 2010


ILNA reporting:

The Human Rights committee in the Judiciary Power ( a governmental organization headed by Mohammad Javad Larijani the brother of Mohammad Sadegh Larijani the head of judiciary power ) has released a communique about Sekineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the women who was sentenced

to death by stonning for an alleged adultery and conviction into murdering her husband.

Her case has brought an outcry inside and outside Iran , even few government came in her rescue including Brazilian Government which offered assylum for her if she decide to go to Brazil.

The excerpts from communique by this governmental organization which works to beautify or trys to polish the rough edges or area of the Islamic law and also propagate for the benefit of such law as "Sharia" says:

"The other countries without any information about the case should not interfere into our country's judiciary system, we know what we are doing and so you keep quiet and shot your mouth, our judiciary system is independent from other political base such as parliament and Government.The human rights committee in defending the rights of all citizens including Ms. Sekineh Mohammadi Ashtiani , the committee has looked into her file but unfortuanately based on the evidence the charges against Ms. ashtiani has been approved ."

According to the communique:

" police has responded to a phone call and then in a scene of murder , noticed a man ( husband of Sekineh Ashtiani) lying down on the floor of the bathroom and in the investigation Ms. ashtiani has admitted to murdering her husband with the help of another man. According to autopsy there are marks of electricity on the victims body ( on his toes , neck face and on the stomack area , based on the report from autopsy the vicxtim has been drugged and then was killed by electric current. Based on the evidence Ms. Sekineh Mohammadi ashtiani was sentenced to death by stonning ( later, because of international protest on this case ,the judiciary cancelled the death by stonning and instead sentenced her to death by execution-possibly hanging)and her accomplice was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment."

The communique at the end says: becuse she has two kids and because she killed her husband and ruined the family , the case will decided later and the decision will be announced."

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According to Mr. Mohammad Mostafaei a juvenile lawyer :"the prosecutor beleived that; she had participated in the murder and the participation was not approved or established based on the evidence , she might have been manipulated or tricked by the murderer ,therefore, she is not guilty of adultery ."

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Background news:

TV confession of woman sentenced to stoning 'a fake'

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s confession to being an accomplice in her husband’s murder on Iranian state TV is a fabrication, her former cellmate Shahnaz Gholami (pictured) told FRANCE 24.

By FRANCE 24 (text) Josh Vardey (video)

The TV ‘confession’ of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction is a fake, according to a journalist who shared a cell with her for three months.
Iranian journalist Shahnaz Gholami was confined to the same cell as 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani before fleeing the country while on temporary release. Gholami was inprisoned for being overtly critical of the Iranian regime.
Gholami now lives in exile in Paris, from where she followed the recent controversy over Sakineh’s confessions on Iranian television. Gholami believes it is a fake.
Gholami told FRANCE 24, “Her words had been dubbed into Persian and she talked about many other issues.... in my opinion it was not Sakineh.”
“And even if it was Sakineh the regime exerts a very strong pressure on the prisoners... even I was put under immense pressure as a political prisoner. The authorities wanted me to make public confessions on TV but I refused.”
Gholami went on to report that Sakineh didn’t understand the words used by the Iranian judge when her death sentence was delivered because she speaks only Turkish.
“When she learned of her conviction from the mouth of the Director of the prison she was really shocked - I was beside her along with all our fellow prisoners.”
“We all were shocked and when Sakineh learned of her conviction her headscarf fell off and she fainted... the other prisoners lifted her up and helped her regain consciousness”, said Gholami.
The execution had been put on hold, amid a mounting international outcry over the sentence, but Iranian officials have insisted that justice will run its course. There are now increasing concerns that the ‘confession’ could prompt authorities in Iran to execute the mother of two.
The condemnation of Sakineh has prompted international outrage; with France urging the EU to threaten Iran with new sanctions over what the block’s foreign affairs chief Lady Catherine Ashton called “practices of another age”.
Demonstrations of support for Sakineh are set to take place on Saturday in more than 100 cities across the world.

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