Celebrities call for release of Iran stoning woman

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December 13, 2010 10:52

 
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Celebrities including Robert Redford, Robert de Niro and Sting are calling on Iran to release a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

In an open letter, more than 80 actors, artists, musicians, academics and politicians say that "Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has suffered enough."

Signatories include actor Colin Firth, artist Damien Hirst, British opposition leader Ed Miliband and former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner. They say Ashtiani has already spent five years in prison and received 99 lashes.

They call on Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to release her along with her son and lawyer, who are also imprisoned.

The letter was published Monday on the front page of The Times of London newspaper.

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