Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Iranian woman 'admits to killing'

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, left, sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, meets with her son Sajjad

An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery confesses to helping a man kill her husband in a re-enactment on state television - the latest state-orchestrated broadcast in a case that has raised an international outcry.

The broadcast on English-language Press TV is an apparent attempt to deflect international criticism over the adultery sentence by bolstering Iran's separate charge that Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani was also involved in murder.

Iran has put the stoning sentence on hold but could use the murder conviction to justify executing the 43-year-old mother-of-two.

Amnesty International has criticised the broadcast of a purported confession, saying it violated international standards for a fair trial.

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