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Iran death sentence woman 'not executed'

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Iran death sentence woman 'not executed'


An Iranian woman who it was thought might be executed today has not yet been put to death, according to the French foreign minister.

Bernard Kouchner said he had been assured by his Iranian counterpart over the phone that legal authorities had not yet reached a verdict in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

He said he had asked the Iranians to renounce the execution and grant her a pardon, and had also asked why her lawyer and son had been imprisoned too.

There has been no comment from authorities in Tehran.

A German based human rights group said Ashtiani would be hanged on Wednesday over her husband’s murder.

A separate sentence of stoning for committing adultery was suspended by the Iranian authorities in September, following an international outcry.

Political and religious figures called it medieval, barbaric and brutal.

The Iranian foreign ministry has been quoted, accusing the West of shamelessly trying to exert undue pressure on the country.

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