Sunday, July 11, 2010

Iranian Woman Will Not Be Stoned, May Still Be Killed

July 9, 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman whose impending execution ignited worldwide outrage this week, will not be stoned to death, the Iranian Embassy in London told reporters on Thursday. She could, however, still face death by other means such as hanging.

In a rapid-fire campaign that galvanized forces both online and in the halls of government, Ashtiani's cause was taken up by prominent figures as varied as Sen. John Kerry, Lindsay Lohan, the Norwegian foreign affairs office, actors Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, and British foreign secretary William Hague, who called stoning a "medieval punishment" that, if carried out, would "disgust and appall the watching world."