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.