Threatened With Stoning, Iranian Woman Confesses to Crime

Thursday, August 12, 2010

During a televised confession, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani said she was acquainted with man who murdered  her husband. She had been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. The 43-year-old woman is currently on death row in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran. The BBC's Jon Leyne reports on the case. He says that she is no longer going to be stoned, and that her lawyer has fled the country. He explains that the justice system is trying to shift the focus from stoning for adultery to her alleged involvement in the murder of her husband.

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