Iran says no final decision yet on stoning case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 3, 2010 15:22

PARIS — Iran's  foreign minister insists that no final decision has been made about a woman who could be stoned to death for adultery, France's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, amid reports her execution was imminent.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement that he has spoken to his Iranian counterpart about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case has sparked an international outcry.

Kouchner says Manouchehr Mottaki assured him Wednesday that a final verdict in Ashtiani's case has not been issued yet and that reports "about her eventual execution don't correspond to reality."

Iran has temporarily suspended the stoning verdict and suggested Ashtiani might be hanged instead.


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