Iranian Woman Facing Stoning for Adultery Now Faces Hanging for Murder
August 12, 2010
Iran (ChattahBox) – An Iranian woman was formerly facing death by stoning in Iran for alleged adultery, charges that she claims she was forced to admit to. After a public outcry from international human rights groups and condemnation from world governments, the stoning was halted. However, now the woman has admitted to her part in the murder of her husband, and she is likely going to be hanged, instead.
According to the BBC, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani admitted on television to assisting her husband’s cousin in his murder by electrocution, a crime she had formerly been exonerated of after his 2005 death.
In the interview, she states that she thought the cousin was joking when he said he wanted to kill her husband, but that he then showed up with what he would need to electrocute him. Ashtiani claims that she had already sent her children to a relative at the cousin’s request, and watched as her husband was killed.
But attorneys for Ashianti say that she was tortured for two days and forced to make this admission, a claim that seems to hold some weight now that authorities are refusing to discuss the former charge of adultery that she was originally to be stoned for.
The most likely reason for the pressure to admit to murder is to show human rights groups from the West that if they attempt to interfere in the backward Iranian ‘justice’ process, it will make no difference on the outcome.