Iran has denied human right’s campaigner’s claims that is has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning.
Foreign media outlets this week reported that the International Campaign Against Stoning, a German-based campaign group supporting Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43 had been released along with her son and her lawyer.
“We have got news from Iran that they are free,” a spokeswoman for the Anti-Stoning Campaing said.
Pictures accompanied the report allegedly showing Ashtiani and her 22 year old son at their home in Osku, North-Western Iran.
But Iran countered this claim on its Press TV website stating:
“Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani has been released, a team of broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene”.
Ashtiani was convicted in 2007 of adultery and her husband’s murder. But her sentence was suspended after her plight drew international condemnation from human rights campaigners and foreign governments.
Her son and lawyer were later arrested along with two German nationals accused of trying to interview them to create “negative propaganda.”