Human rights activist tries to stop death by stoning for Iranian woman
Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.
Ashtiani, who is from the northern city of Tabriz, was convicted of adultery in 2006.
She was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.
She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency.
It's not too much of a stretch to call this sort of aberration of justice typical of religion-based misogyny, is it? Good. Then I won't belabor the point. The mullah-led court-system of Iran is making an example of a woman, for apparently no other reason than she's a woman and they can. The crime is regarding sexuality in the form of adultery, there were no witnesses, her word is ignored, and she will be brutally physically, slowly punished in front of many people, and if this isn't how a sick government "sends a message" to people to keep their heads bowed low, or else, I'd be pressed to find a better example.
This Examiner blog-post features links to groups and petitions in support of Sakine Mohammedie Ashtiani. I hope this support has some effect.