Woman convicted of adultery, murder appears on Iranian TV
11-Dec-2010 (one comment)

(CNN) -- A woman convicted of murder and adultery and sentenced to die by stoning confesses to her part in the plot to kill her husband on an Iranian television program aired Friday night.

But the family of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has steadfastly denied that she played any role in her husband's death -- and a human rights organization that is trying to help Ashtiani called the program "a theatrical melodrama."

"There was a complete disregard for due process, bringing her out and making her a part of this theatrical melodrama is an attempt to try to convince the international public opinion that she is guilty," said Hadi Ghaemi, director of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Iran has drawn sharp criticism from the international community after Ashtiani's 2010 sentence to death by stoning. Officials ranging from Pope Benedict XVI to the European Union's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, urged Iran not to carry out the sentence.

"Since the international outcry, the Iranian government is tap-dancing, trying to justify executing her," said Ghaemi.

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Sargord Pirouz

This actually reminds me of

by Sargord Pirouz on

This actually reminds me of the many pseudo documentaries on US cable TV that present alarmist, pro-war depictions against Iraq and Iran, by beginning the show with these countries' alleged nazi ties during the mid-twentieth century. 

I kid you not.  

I always respond by changing the channel. That's my advice in both cases.