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Jakarta Post

Letter: International Day against Stoning

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, July 11 2011   /  08:00 am

This Monday, as in previous years, there are expected to be worldwide protests against the sentence of stoning decreed against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani in Iran.

She has been accused of murdering her husband without a shred of evidence, and the case has never been proved in court. She has been sentenced to be stoned for adultery purely on the “special knowledge” of a judge.

Her execution has been held off only because of the weight of international pressure. She has had confessions extracted from her on television. She awaits a decision on her sentence. In the meantime, she remains in prison.

Her lawyer, for no crime other than daring to defend her, also is in prison under a four-year sentence.

Although the focus of the International Day against Stoning is on Iran and one particular woman victim of atrocious injustice, the events are intended to draw at...