TEHERAN, Iran — An Iranian woman facing death by stoning after being convicted for adultery appeared on state TV Wednesday to say she has not been whipped or tortured.
Sakineh Mohammad Ashtiani, whose stoning sentence was suspended in July, was allegedly given 99 lashes on Sept. 2 after a British newspaper ran a picture of an unveiled woman mistakenly identified as Ashtiani, her lawyer said at the time.
"I have not been tortured, at all. All these words are my own words. Nobody has forced me to appear before camera and whatever I say is my own words," said a blurry image of a woman identified as Ashtiani in brief video footage broadcast Wednesday.
She said reports that she had been lashed for the photograph were "false and rumors."