September 8th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

Iran suspends woman's stoning sentence

Iran has put the stoning sentence of a woman convicted of adultery and murder "on hold," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told state-run Press TV on Wednesday.

While the statement did not differ greatly from previous, sometimes contradictory reports from the Iranian government about the fate of the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, it did indicate continued attention to the murder aspect of her case.

"The sentencing of Ms. Ashtiani for adultery has been stopped and (her case) is being reviewed again, and her sentencing for complicity in murder is in process," Mehmanparast said.

Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and sentenced to death by stoning, but her son and human rights activists urged help for her this summer, prompting an international outcry.

Ashtiani had also been sentenced to death for killing her husband, but her previous lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, said last month that sentence had been commuted because the victim's family forgave her.

Mehmanparast said those concerned about Ashtiani's condition should have some consideration for the family of the victim, according to Press TV.

"Defending a person on trial for murder should not be turned into a human rights matter," Mehmanparast said.

- CNN's Gena Somra contributed to this report.

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  1. Be for real

    Everything they do in court is products of christianity, from swearing on the bible to the electric chair to gas chamber to lethal injections...where's all that in the bible!? Get off ur high horses!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Love

    The love of God began on the cross, but did not end there. Glory be to God, for His Mercy endures for ever. "The Lord heard you in the day of trouble; God has defended you", Psalms 20:1. "He is my refuge and my fortress: In God will I Trust", "There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling", " For he shall give his angels charge over me, to keep me in all thy ways", Psalms 91:2,10, 11. Thank you Lord for the prayers that was answered on this woman behalf. Those without sin cast the 1st stone. For you see we are all short of his glory. That's why He is Lord and we are not.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Are you using that one passage to say that we can never punish crimes in this life?

      September 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo1

      What a croc of crap!

      September 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marketa

    it is suprising that in islamic countries it is found only woman who was cheating n commited a sin....sooo strange isnt it??

    September 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Be for real

    Yea america is so great..we go to war over oil, we kill innocent lives, we electricute people to death, yea America is so great and we're so on our high horses. U media zombies, turn off the tv and do ur own research!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. joseph caldwell

    May GOD have mercy! Thats torture not justice

    September 8, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      I'm not necessarily for stoning as a viable option for punishment, but you do have to look at the crime. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure stoning is aweful and barbaric, but she did commit murder which is pretty heinous if you ask me. The punishment should fit the crime. She sealed her fate in this life when she committed the crime. It's up to God to show mercy on her soul in the life to come.

      September 8, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob from Brideport

    Stoning is an act whose time has long passed and like those who insist on keeping this barbaric act as a viable form of justice is in itself a reflection of a mind set that should not be allowed to govern. God plays no role in this until her soul is presented to him and though she may beleive in him- it is the will of her jailers that will prevail and up until MAN intervences on her behave her fate will be sealed – God works through people...

    September 8, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Be for real

    No american muslim has ever burned a bible. thats evil to burn a book of God

    September 8, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. A J

    So what is stoning suppose to do stop audltery and murder?These acts have been going on since the begining of time with no changer in sight.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john bose

    Islam the religion well I tell you about Islam It is a beautyful religion where Women has no right , Muslim man can marry lots of women ,but muslim woman can not marry more then one man,to help in relief fund for any disasters in Islamic countries a special money which are called Zokat can not be use on non muslim, in islamic court one muslim witness is equal to two or three non muslim witness, non muslim can not enter in Meeca and medina holy cities in Saudi arbia, but muslim can make mosque thier worhship any where in Christian Countries, these are the good things in Islam what do you think about these good things compared to other religions, one more thing i forgot to write In Islam holy book Holy quaran written to muslim it say like this Oh Muslims do not make your Christians and Jews your friends, I have lots of good thing inHoly Quaran ue to limited space i will cay on next time I LOVE ISLAM on these Bases

    September 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
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