The judiciary authorities must cancel the sentence.
Sakineh must be freed immediately!
On Thursday evening, July 8 2010, the Islamic Republic’s embassy in London tried to “answer” to the international protests against its plans to stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by issuing a press release.
The press release is full of ambiguities. It is a retreat by the Islamic Republic, but at the same time it fails to respond to millions of people who declared their disgust against the practice of stoning and demanded this sentence to be called off. The International Committee Against Execution issued a press release yesterday July 8 commenting on this.
Regarding the Islamic Republic’s press release of July 8, Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani’s lawyer said today:
“This press release is full of ambiguities. Iranian embassies are not a part of the judiciary system, and it is the judiciary authorities which should cancel this sentence, and of course clearly announce that Sakine shall not be executed.”
The Iranian embassy’s press release does not answer her family’s lawyer’s demand that the sentence be cancelled by the judiciary power and her innocence reinstated. Therefore, the efforts to save Sakine must be pursued as before.
Sajjad, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son, said:
“We have not yet received any letter or answer from the judiciary power or authorities dealing with this case. In these five years, I have heard from the various authorities on many occasions that the stoning verdict will be cancelled but this has not happened. On every occasion there has been an excuse. Today, we demand that the judiciary power, officially and in writing, cancels this sentence, and declares that our mother shall not be executed. Our goal is to save our mother, not to change stoning with another means of execution, as in some cases they cancel stoning but they still execute the person. We demand our mother’s freedom.
Only when they cancel the sentence and our mother returns home and we start a normal life, Farideh and I will be happy and believe.”
We will pursue the Campaign to Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani until the judiciary power has officially cancelled the stoning sentence. Sakineh should be freed. This is the demand of millions across the world who defend Sakineh.
The International Committee Against Execution