Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s lawyer has gone public with an allegation that his client was severely beaten and tortured before her public confession to being an accomplice to the murder of her husband. Previously, the woman was sentenced to stoning for adultery. After international outcry, Iran added the murder charge.
Her confession was carried on Iranian television from Tabriz Prison.
The lawyer fears the Iranians will move quickly now to kill her. The government changed her death sentence from stoning to hanging as a humanitarian gesture.
These lawyers are a brave lot and put themselves at great risk in this case. A prior lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie, was forced to flee Iran this month after Iranian officials issued an arrest warrant for him and detained his wife. He is now safely in Norway.