AFP – Iran has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, her son and her lawyer, a German-based campaign group told AFP Thursday.
“We have got news from Iran that they are free,” Mina Ahadi, spokeswoman for the Anti-Stoning Committee told AFP.
“We are waiting for another confirmation: apparently there will be a programme this evening on (Iranian) television and then we will be 100 percent sure.”
Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was initially given death sentences by two different courts in the northwestern city of Tabriz in separate trials in 2006.
A sentence to hang for her involvement in the murder of her husband was commuted to a 10-year jail term by an appeals court in 2007.
But a second sentence, to death by stoning on charges of adultery levelled over several relationships, notably with the man convicted of her husband’s murder, was upheld by another appeals court the same year.