Jul 8 2010
Claiming there is “no justice” in Iran, a 22-year-old man has sent a letter to the Islamic Republic’s top officials in a last-ditch effort to save his mother from being stoned to death for adultery.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 42, was convicted in 2006 and has already spent five years in prison and endured 99 lashes for her illicit relationship with two men. Now, to complete her sentence, she will be put to death by stoning, an execution that appears to be imminent. She was convicted by three of five trial judges on the basis of the “knowledge of the judge,” a provision in Iranian law that allows judges to rule even in the absence of clear or conclusive evidence.
Iran is facing growing criticism for the imminent stoning of the mother of two. Among those who have issued statements condemning the sentence are the U.S. State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. FOX NEWS