Human Rights

Iranian Woman Could Be Stoned Wednesday

The Iranian woman convicted of adultery could be stoned on Wednesday, according to French human-rights activists protesting her execution. A statement issued in the magazine La Regle du Jeu said, "A letter from the Tehran Supreme Court has been sent to the sentence application department at Tabriz prison, authorizing Sakineh's rapid execution." Because death sentences are carried out on Wednesdays, the group said, "We can only be terribly worried for Sakineh today." Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, 43 years old and the mother of two, has been sentenced to death twice. The first sentence, death by hanging for her involvement in the murder of her husband, was commuted to 10 years in prison, but the second sentence, death by stoning for adultery, was upheld. Ashtiani’s sentence met with an international outcry, and her execution has been postponed since July.