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Iranian woman's execution to be carried out on Wednesday
Ashtiani, a mother of two, was originally convicted in May 2006 after being found guilty of having had an 'illicit relationship' with two men following the death of her husband and reportedly received 99 lashes in front of her son.
SAKINEH MOHAMMADI Ashtiani, an Iranian woman, who was charged with committing adultery might face execution on Wednesday, claim human rights observers. She was earlier sentenced to death by stoning which is the most commonest form of punishment in the middle east.
 
Mina Ahadi of the International Committees Against Execution & Stoning was quoted as saying that authorities in Tehran have given a green signal to prison officials in Tabriz to execute Ashtiani as early as Wednesday, but the way of execution is not clear as of yet.
 
Ahadi and her organisation have reportedly appealed foreign governments to pressurise Iran to issue a stay on the execution.
They are also calling on the public to come out on Tuesday and protest against the latest development in order to gather international attention and press for her release, as well as her son and lawyer, who are reportedly missing.
 
Ashtiani, a mother of two, was originally convicted in May 2006 after being found guilty of having had an "illicit relationship" with two men following the death of her husband and reportedly received 99 lashes in front of her son.
 
Later that year, as a result of information that surfaced during the trial of a man accused of murdering her husband, her adultery case was re-opened. Despite retracting a confession she said she had made under duress in August, Ashtiani was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.
 
The Iranian government also claims she had a hand in the murder of her husband.
 
Source: ANI
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