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Ashtiani's fate to be decided in Tehran, says Iranian judiciary

Iran Materials 2 January 2011 17:12
The fate of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman held on death row for second-degree murder, will be decided at the country's judicial headquarters in Tehran, an official said Sunday.
Ashtiani's fate to be decided in Tehran, says Iranian judiciary

The fate of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman held on death row for second-degree murder, will be decided at the country's judicial headquarters in Tehran, an official said Sunday, DPA reported.

Ashtiani was found guilty of adultery in 2006 and sentenced, in line with Islamic laws, to death by stoning, by a court in the provincial capital Tabriz.

After the sentence spawned worldwide protests, the Iranian judiciary tried to play down the stoning sentence by saying that the main charge against the woman was her role in helping her lover to kill the husband.

"This file is currently going through the revision process and its final verdict will be issued after approval by (the judiciary headquarters in) Tehran," Malek Ajdar-Sharifi, the judiciary chief of the north-western Azerbaijan province, said.

Due to the political nature of the case, legal observers had earlier predicted that the case would be finally decided in Tehran and not by the judiciary in the province Azerbaijan.

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