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Iran: New execution fears for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani - Sign the petition

From Amnesty International:

In late December, reports appeared in the Iranian press apparently reiterating that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman facing execution in Iran, could be executed by hanging instead of stoning. This recent press coverage indicates that she remains at risk of execution, which could be ordered at any time..

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 44-year-old mother of two from East Azerbaijan province in north-west Iran, was arrested in 2005 following the murder of her husband. She was convicted in an unfair trial of “adultery while married" and separately of complicity in her husband's murder. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s initial 10-year prison term for these complicity charges may have been reduced to five years. If so, it would now have expired. "Adultery while married" is punishable by stoning. It is not known whether her lawyer’s July 2010 request for a judicial review of the stoning sentence has been acted upon. If Sakineh Ashtiani Mohammadi is now held solely for consensual sexual relations, Amnesty International would consider her a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is held in Tabriz prison in East Azerbaijan, and does not have legal representation as her representative was imprisoned and banned from practising law. According to the officially-licensed Iranian Student News Agency, ISNA, on 25 December 2011, the Head of the East Azerbaijan Provincial Judiciary stated that "Islamic experts are reviewing the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to see if the execution can be carried out by hanging", although he later said that he had been “misquoted”, without clarifying how. This possible change in the method of execution has been discussed previously by judicial officials and has happened previously in other cases. Amnesty International fears that this news report may indicate that she is at renewed risk of execution.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Persian, English or your own language:

Calling on the Iranian authorities not execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by any means, and to overturn her stoning sentence for “adultery while married”;
Seeking clarification about the basis and length of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s prison sentence;
Noting that if she is now held solely for consensual sexual relations, Amnesty International would

consider her a prisoner of conscience and call for her to be released immediately and unconditionally;

Calling on the authorities to decriminalize consensual sexual relations between adults.


Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Twitter: "Call on #Iran leader @khamenei_ir to halt the execution of Sakineh Ashtiani MohammadiSalutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
[care of] Public relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street
Vali Asr Ave., above Pasteur Street intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: (In subject line: FAO Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani
High Council for Human Rights

[Care of] Office of the Head of the Judiciary, Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
(subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:
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