AFP: EU urges Iran to halt woman’s stoning execution

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran on Tuesday to stop the execution of three people including a woman who faces death by stoning for adultery.

Associated Free Press | July 6, 2010

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran on Tuesday to stop the execution of three people including a woman who faces death by stoning for adultery.

Ashton said she was “deeply concerned” about reports that the executions of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who was sentenced to hang for a murder he committed when he was a minor, and the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, “may be imminent.”

She also renewed her call for Iran to drop the death sentence against Zeynab Jalalian, a Kurd who awaits execution for being an “enemy of God.”

“I call on Iran to halt these executions and convert the sentences,” Ashton said in a statement.

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  • http://Knology Linda Jane Roberts

    It is thought that Sakineh Ashtiani, the women who was threatened from stoning, was framed up in a political frame-up. That is why there was no real evidence to start with as her son states. As the nazis and marxists in Iran use frame-ups to knock out political opponents or as propaganda, Iran could not have a death penalty legally as it cannot be sure any verdict is accurate. Also the politics leads to too harsh sentencing for other crimes and issues.

  • M. Varn Chandola

    Stoning executions in general and the Ashtiani case in particular struck such a nerve in me that I wrote the following article: Unfortunately, even though she may not be stoned, she is still scheduled for execution. I hope that sufficient international exposure concerning her case will compel the Iranian government to release her.

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