Iranian woman could be stoned Wednesday: activist

2nd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

An Iranian activist said a woman sentenced to death by stoning could be executed as early as Wednesday, citing sources close to the court.

"We received the information three days ago," exiled human rights activist Mina Ahadi told AFP by telephone Tuesday, citing a letter sent from a court in the northwestern city of Tabriz where Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani is in custody.

"If the decision is taken, she could be executed on Wednesday. We are very afraid."

Mohammadi-Ashtiani was sentenced to death by two different courts in Tabriz in separate trials in 2006.

The first death sentence, by hanging, for her involvement in the murder of her husband, was commuted to a 10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007.

But the second, by stoning, was on a charge of adultery levelled over several relationships, notably with the man convicted of her husband's murder, and was upheld by another appeals court the same year.

Since July, Iran has repeatedly said that the stoning sentence has been stayed pending a final decision, amid international outcry over the case.

© 2010 AFP

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