Just a Reminder About the Nature of the Regime in Iran

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 9, 2010

As if a reminder is needed:

A program on Iran’s government-backed Press TV recently took a woman convicted of adultery and murder back to her home in Osku “to produce a visual account” of the death of her husband “at the crime scene.”

Press TV posted a story on its website early Friday morning explaining that the program “Iran Today,” which will air Friday night, would include interviews with — among others — Sakineh Mohammadi Ahstiani, who was sentenced to be stoned to death.

Press TV’s release of still photographs of Ashtiani and her son from the interview, which took place on Sunday, fueled some speculation that they had been released, but there was no evidence or confirmation to support that conjecture.

In a clip from the program that aired late Thursday, Ashtiani confesses to plotting to kill her husband. Her family, however, has denied she was involved in her husband’s death.

Previous coverage found here, here, here, and here. The regime never fails to appall.

  • David Tomlin

    Sorry to be dense, but I don’t know what part of this story you mean to highlight. Of course stoning is a cruel method of execution and this has been a chronic issue regarding Iran. Forcing a convicted murderer to take part in a documentary about the crime is something we wouldn’t do, but I’m not appalled by it. Perhaps there are reasons to think the trial unfair and the defendant innocent, but the quoted excerpt doesn’t touch on such matters. (I’ve been aware of this case but I haven’t followed it closely.)

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      Check the links at the bottom of the post for background.

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