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Iranian woman sentenced to death to sue German journalists

Iran Materials 2 January 2011 03:24
An Iranian woman, who has been jailed for adultery and allegedly helping to murder her husband, has admitted to involvement in her husband's murder, Press TV reported.
Iranian woman sentenced to death to sue German journalists

An Iranian woman, who has been jailed for adultery and allegedly helping to murder her husband, has admitted to involvement in her husband's murder, Press TV reported.

In a press conference outside prison on Saturday, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani criticized her lawyers for what she called politicizing her case.

She told reporters in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where she was tried, that she would lodge a lawsuit against two German journalists who "illegally" interviewed her son that led to his arrest.

She also dismissed claims that the interviews she has given so far were done under pressure.

Officials said that Ashtiani was allowed to meet her son Sajjad Qaderzadeh, who has been freed from jail three weeks ago, on humanitarian grounds.

Qaderzadeh served more than a month in prison for an "illegal" interview with two German nationals, who had posed as journalists.

He said that he would sue the two Germans and his lawyers, who asked him to do the interviews.

The journalists - a reporter and a photographer - entered Iran on tourist visas and were arrested October 10 when they sought to interview the son and lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

Iranian authorities say the two had entered the country on tourist visas, but they were working as journalists without accreditation. The two have admitted to violating the law.

Qaderzadeh also said that he would take legal action against Issa Taheri, who murdered his father in collaboration with his mother.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was sentenced to a 10-year prison term in 2006 for the murder of her husband, which her lawyer has said was subsequently reduced to five years for "complicity" in the murder.

She was also sentenced to death by stoning for "adultery while married". Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is held in Tabriz Prison, East Azerbaijan province, awaiting the outcome of a judicial review of her stoning sentence.

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