Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 42 year old Iranian mother- is facing death punishment by stoning in Iran.
This comes after Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006.
Since being accused, Ashtiai has already received one punishment in the form of 99 lashes. After Ashtiani received the lashing sentence, she was also accused of murdering her husband.
She was acquitted of both charges, but the adultery charge was reviewed and she was given the death penalty. This was because of the court’s practice of “judges knowledge”- an allowance of subjective judicial rulings even when no evidence is present.
Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee against Stoning and the Death Penalty, is pressuring international authorities to save her. If the execution goes as planned Ashtiani will be buried up to her chest, and then pelted with stones that are large enough to cause suffering, but take time to fully kill the person.
“Legally it’s all over. It’s a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute”, says Ahadi.
It was also pointed out that Ashtiani may have not fully understood the court proceedings because she speaks Turkish and not Farsi. International human rights group Amnesty International is calling for Iran to halt the execution.