Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani 'freed' after outcry over stoning sentence
09-Dec-2010 (2 comments)

Jubilant campaigners have claimed victory in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman whose sentence of death by stoning for adultery triggered an international outcry.

Images from state-run Press TV showed her meeting her son Sajjad at home in Osku in northwestern Iran, boosting supporters' hopes that she had been released.

The move came just weeks after Iran signalled for the first time that it might spare the life of Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, a mother of two who has been in Tabriz prison since 2006 and faced execution by stoning for "having an illicit relationship outside marriage."

Her release is a triumph for an intensive international campaign launched by her son Sajad Ghaderzadeh and first reported by the Guardian in early July. Sajad, her lawyer Houtan Kian and two German journalists who were arrested after trying to interview her have also been freed.

The extraordinary case brought an unwelcome focus on human rights in Iran at a time when the Islamic regime was seeking to return to normal after the unrest that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in a disputed presidential election in June 2009.

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by Simorgh5555 on

Spoken like a true patriot! We should denounce, demonstrate and attack the IR embassies but also hope the terrorist occupying scum meet a nasty death whether by accident or design.

Darius Kadivar

The International Community should keep up the Pressure on IRI

by Darius Kadivar on

This proves that the IRI is sensitive to the International Public Opinion.

They should Not allow them the slightest opportunity to rest.

And Iranians in the Diaspora should remain active in denouncing, demonstrating and attacking the IRI Embassies worldwide at Every given Opportunity.