Because of a dubious conviction of adultery, an Iranian mother has been awaiting execution by stoning for five years. Her son, CNN reports, hopes the international community can influence Iranian leaders to pardon her.
“I was thinking, OK, they hit her, now it’s finished. They told me this process was finished. She’s done. She’s free to go. ”
But then a judges’ panel in Tabriz suspected Ashtiani of being involved in her husband’s murder and re-opened her case.
She was cleared of the murder charges, but the panel re-examined Ashtiani’s adultery sentence, and based on unspecified “judges’ knowledge,” decided she should be put to death for the alleged affair….
[Human rights activist Mina Ahadi] says pressure from outside Iran can make a difference.
“Legally, it’s all over, and we have no chance. It’s a done deal. Sakine can be stoned at any minute. But we have experienced again and again that when we organize events world-wide, when we protest world-wide, and in particular when we contact European governments and these governments put pressure on the Islamic regime in Iran, sometimes we have a chance.”