Thursday, August 12, 2010

Iranian Woman Condemned to Death by Stoning Allegedly Confesses on TV

Yeah, right.  Well, I doubt anyone anywhere else in the world except inside Iran will believe that was actually the condemned woman confessing to assisting with a murder, etc. on live television.  I believe the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, is already dead and the security forces who actually run the country put a ringer in her place.  To conceal their crime, the authorities (1) pixilated the t.v. image of the woman's face and (2) did a voice over so the audience did not actually hear her voice.  Thus, relatives, friends and her attorneys who have worked very closely with this victim of the Iranian "justice" system cannot positively identify that it was - or was not - her, except perhaps by body gestures.  Those, and voice, cannot be faked for long, no matter how good an actress someone may be.

Here is the article from the
Iran stoning woman 'to be executed after confessing to murder' on state TV
An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning could be hanged imminently after she apparently confessed to adultery in an interview aired on state television, her lawyer has said.

Published: 1:14PM BST 12 Aug 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani appeared to confess to being an accomplice to her husband’s murder and criticised her lawyer for publicising her case, saying it had brought shame on her family.

But her lawyer said she had been tortured before the interview was recorded in a prison in Tabriz.
“She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of camera,” Houtan Kian told The Guardian.

The lawyer, whose location was not clear, said he feared Iranian authorities would act quickly to carry out the death sentence. Her punishment was reportedly commuted to hanging after an international outcry against her sentencing to death by stoning last month.

The International Committee Against Stoning, a human rights campaign group, called the TV interview “toxic propaganda”. Miss Ashtiani had previously denied the adultery accusations.

With her face blurred and her words voiced over to translate them into Farsi from local dialect, it was not immediately possible to independently verify the identity of the woman in the film, which was broadcast in Iran at 8.30pm on Wednesday.

In the interview, the woman describes how she had struck up a relationship with her husband’s cousin.

“He told me: ‘Let’s kill your husband’. I totally could not believe that my husband would be killed. I thought he was joking,” Miss Ashtiani appears to say. “Later, I found out that killing was his profession.

“He came (to our house) and brought all the stuff. He brought electrical devices, plus wire and gloves. Later, he killed my husband by connecting him to the electricity,” she says.

The head of the judiciary of Iran's East Azerbaijan province told the television programme that Miss Ashtiani had injected an anaesthetic into her husband.

“After the husband went unconscious, the real murderer killed the victim by connecting electricity to his neck,” he said.

It was not clear whether the cousin had been arrested.

Miss Ashtiani, a mother of two, has already received 99 lashes for having an illicit relationship with two men. The stoning sentence has been suspended pending a judicial review but could still be carried out, an Iranian judiciary official has said.

Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran’s Islamic law, enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Mohammad Mostafaei, a lawyer for Miss Ashtiani who fled to Europe after the verdict, told Reuters in an interview earlier this week that Miss Ashtiani, who was convicted of “adultery while being married”, would likely be spared stoning thanks to international pressure.

Iranian authorities have issued a warrant for Mr Mostafaei’s arrest and held his wife in jail for two weeks in an attempt to get him to return to Iran, he said.

The show’s host said Western media had given the case so much publicity in the hope of pressuring Iran to release three Americans who have been in prison for more than a year after being arrested near the Iraqi border where, their families say, they were hiking.
The Iranian regime keeps managing to deliver the same message over and over: those in charge are incredibly inept dildo-heads. But they control the Iranian media, so they control the message inside their country, and there will always be mindless followers who drink the coolaide and go along.  It really must irk those in control, though, knowing that the rest of the world is laughing at them and holds them in utter contempt and derision.  If it did not bother them, they would not waste their time staging such an obviously fake confession or engage in such juvenile theatrics that fools prhaps 10% of the population inside Iran.  Such behavior smacks of insecurity and desperation. 

Syria, please do us a favor - drop a small H-bomb on the Iranian fearless leaders during prayer session some Friday, thanks. 

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