Iran scoffs at European concern over case of woman

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September 7, 2010 16:24

 
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Iran on Tuesday scoffed at European concern over the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned to death on an adultery conviction.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani faces charges of murder and infidelity and the case shouldn't be linked to human rights.

He exclaimed that Europeans who believe freedom for murderers serves human rights should release their own murderers from jail.

He said offers of talks with Iranian officials were welcome, but only on bilateral and international issues, not the Ashtiani case.

France and Italy have urged Iran to show flexibility in the case. The Vatican has raised the possibility of using diplomacy to try to save her life.

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