France's Chirac joins calls to stop Iran stoning woman

24th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

France's former president Jacques Chirac on Tuesday joined Nobel laureates and Hollywood stars in their bid to try to stop the stoning to death of an Iranian woman convicted of adultery.

French writer Bernard-Henri Levy said Chirac's name was about to be placed on his website on the list of those who have signed his petition to save Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

Chirac's office confirmed he had inked the letter whose other signatories include Czech author Milan Kundera, pop star and anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof and actresses Juliette Binoche and Mia Farrow.

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and another French former president, Valery Giscard D'Estaing, have also signed the petition calling on the Islamic republic to spare the 43-year-old mother of two and "recognise her innocence."

Mohammadi-Ashtiani's case has drawn international condemnation.

Iranian officials maintain she was handed the stoning sentence for adultery and for being an accomplice in her husband's murder.

© 2010 AFP

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