Iran to reject Brazil's offer on convicted woman

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 3, 2010 12:18




TEHERAN, Iran — Iran was expected to reject Tuesday Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's offer to give refuge to an Iranian woman convicted of adultery and initially sentenced to death by stoning.

The case of 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani triggered an international outcry that prompted Iran to withdraw the stoning part of her sentence. But the mother of two could still face execution by hanging.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said that Brazil, which has tried to negotiate a solution to Tehran's controversial nuclear program, could give her political asylum.


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