Saturday, August 07, 2010

No decision yet for Iran women stoning case

Middle East Online, Aug 8, 2010

Emotional case

Tehran tells UN panel that stoning case is undecided, but Sakineh could still face capital punishment.

GENEVA – Iran told a UN rights body on Thursday that a final decision has yet to be taken in the case of a woman sentenced to death by stoning, which has sparked an international outcry.

However, Mossadegh Kahnemoui, a senior Iranian judicial official, insisted that the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, had been found guilty of adultery and conspiracy to murder her husband.

“Her case is still being processed and nothing is yet decided,” he told the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, after committee members raised questions about her fate.

“This case is still pending a final decision,” added Mossadegh, a member of Iran’s delegation at a regular review of the Islamic state’s application of an international treaty on racial and ethnic discrimination.

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