U.S. condemns Iran's plan to execute woman by stoning
The White House on Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms" and called for Iran to stop its apparent plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by stoning, Xinhua reported.
The White House described as "unacceptable" the lack of transparency and due process in Ashtiani's case and the subsequent actions taken against her lawyer and family.
The 43-year-old Ashtiani has been on death row in Iran since 2006. Her case became internationally known in 2010 after high- profile reports that she was convicted of extramarital affairs and sentenced to execution by stoning. The Iranian Judiciary said last month that it had suspended Ashtiani's execution by stoning, but had yet to take a final decision on her execution.
"We condemn in the strongest terms the government of Iran's apparent plans to move forward in executing Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani," the White House said in a statement. "Her case demonstrates the government of Iran's fundamental disregard for human rights, including those of women."
The statement called for Iran to stop the execution and provide Ashtiani with "the due process and fair treatment she deserves."