Iran to air new footage of woman in stoning case

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s state TV said Friday it will air new footage of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, the latest in state-orchestrated broadcasts on a case that has raised an international outcry. The footage, to be aired late Friday, will show Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani at her home in northwestern Iran giving a reenactment of the murder of her husband, in which Iranian officials say she had a role, according to English-language Press TV. After international criticism erupted over the adultery sentence, Iranian officials announced that Ashtiani had also been convicted in the killing, a conviction that could bring her the death penalty. Iran has waged a heavy public campaign in an attempt to counter the world outcry, both by trying to depict Ashtiani as a murderer and by accusing the West of stirring up controversy to damage Iran’s Islamic leadership. Ashtiani has been brought out several times before on Iranian TV, including one time to confess to the murder – though her lawyer at the time and human rights groups outside Iran contended the confession was forced. In the new footage, the 43-year-old mother was brought to her home outside the city of Tabriz to “produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene,” Press TV reported. It appeared that Ashtiani’s face would be shown for the first time in the footage. In previous video of her aired on state TV, her face was blurred, but Press TV released still photos taken from t…

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