Imprisoned since 2006, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

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Iran - Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani

This 43-year-old woman from Iran, mother of two children, was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery and murder of her husband. Human Rights organisations have tried to put pressure on Tehran to reverse the Iranian authorities’ decision of death sentence. However, President Ahmadinejad appears to be inflexible. On August 17 2010, he rejected the proposal of Lula Da Silva, President of Brazil, who offered Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani political asylum.

The case goes back to 2006, when this mother of two pleaded guilty for having an "illicit relationship" with two men after the death of her husband. She was given a flogging sentence of up to 99 lashes carried out in front of her children. This was just the beginning. Then, Iranian justice accused one of her lovers of killing her husband and accused her of being an accomplice of the murder. Because of the lack of proper evidence, she was then acquitted but found guilty of adultery, which in Iran, is an offence punishable under the Islamic law with death penalty by stoning.

Mr. Mohammad Mostafaei, lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, is a human rights lawyer who has represented as well a large number of juvenile offenders, political prisoners and other people facing stoning and has been outspoken in his criticism of the Iranian judicial system. Harassed by Mullahs, repeatedly imprisoned and subject to a moral blackmail every time his wife and his daughter were threatened, Mohammad Mostafaei fled to Norway on 7 August 2010.

The Avocats Sans Frontières Network has mobilised and has submitted an appeal for clemency to Iranian authorities to prevent her execution.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still in prison.

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