Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani – Sentenced to Death

A group fighting for human rights announced that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery will be hanged today.

International Committee against Stoning announced that Iranian authorities have given the green light for the woman to be executed, most likely today.

Authorities in Tehran have decided that 43 years old women, mother of two children, will no longer be killed with stones but will be hanged.

The sentence was not carried out until now because the case has attracted attention of several political and religious personalities worldwide who made numerous calls, classifying the sentence as “medieval, barbaric and brutal.”

Brazil even offered to give her political asylum.

By a law dating from 1979, in Iran, the crime is punishable by death by hanging and adultery with stoning.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the international press because the abusively media abuse women’s case. Relations between Iran and the United States but also EU countries have worsened, especially because of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, but after the last month arrest of two German journalists who wanted to make an interview with one of women being sentenced to death, Mohammadi Sakineh Ashtiani. Germany is still working to get the journalists’ release and repatriation.

After China, Iran is the second country with the most number of executions to death, 346 in 2008, only!