Iran to air new footage of woman in stoning case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 10, 2010 17:51

TEHERAN, Iran— Iran's state TV said Friday it will air new footage of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, the latest in state-orchestrated broadcasts on a case that has raised an international outcry.

The footage, to be aired late Friday on English-language Press TV, will show Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani at her home in northwestern Iran giving a reenactment of the murder of her husband, for which she has also been convicted, according to the station.

The broadcast is an apparent attempt to deflect international criticism over the adultery sentence by bolstering Iran's claim that Ashtiani is a murderer. But there has been considerable murkiness over the charge. Authorities announced her murder conviction only after the uproar over the stoning sentence erupted last summer, and her lawyer — who has since been arrested — said she was never formally put on trial for the killing and was tortured into confessing.


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