(CNN) — A woman convicted of murder and adultery and sentenced to die by stoning confesses to her part in the plot to kill her husband on an Iranian television program aired Friday night.
But the family of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has steadfastly denied that she played any role in her husband’s death — and a human rights organization that is trying to help Ashtiani called the program “a theatrical melodrama.”
“There was a complete disregard for due process, bringing her out and making her a part of this theatrical melodrama is an attempt to try to convince the international public opinion that she is guilty,” said Hadi Ghaemi, director of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Iran has drawn sharp criticism from the international community after Ashtiani’s 2010 sentence to death by stoning. Officials ranging from Pope Benedict XVI to the European Union’s top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, urged Iran not to carry out the sentence.
“Since the international outcry, the Iranian government is tap-dancing, trying to justify executing her,” said Ghaemi.