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"Iran suspends death penalty of Ashtiani"

17 January 2011 [16:53] - TODAY.AZ
An Iranian top Parliament Member Zohreh Elahian said death penalty of an Iranian woman accused of killing her husband was suspended.
"Stoning verdict of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani has not been finalized and it is suspended at the moment, but she is sentenced to 10-year jail term," said the Chairwoman of Iranian Parliament Human Rights Committee in her letter to Brazilian new President Dilma Rousseff in which she explained some points raised by Roussef on Iran, ISNA reported.

Elahian said that stoning penalty of the Iranian woman is suspended since families of her husband have forgiven her, but she was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment.

Mohammadi-Ashtiani was sentenced to stoning due to charges of having adultery and killing her husband.

Elahian in her letter insisted that, "according to evidence the Iranian woman has betrayed her family and killed her husband jointly with her lover. She has confessed to her crimes during the trial process."

Elahian also added that smear campaign launched by western media seeks psychological war with political motives against the Islamic Republic of Iran. In December, the then Brazilian president-elect expressed disappointment with her government's decision to abstain from voting on a UN resolution condemning Iran's human rights record.

The resolution passed by a vote of 80 to 44, with 57 abstentions and spearheaded by Canada, accused the Islamic Republic of human rights violations.


/ISNA/
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