“Oh, but that’s just their culture!”

As reported by Maryam Namazie at RD.net:

[…]the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.


In other news, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh [Sakineh’s son] and Houtan Kian [her lawyer] have been severely tortured in order to obtain confessions against Sakineh and themselves since their arrests on 10 October along with two German journalists. The initial interrogations by the Ministry of Intelligence have now been completed and the casefile sent to the National Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesperson, Mohsen-Ejehi, in Tehran rather than being handled in Tabriz. Their families are concerned for their wellbeing. When attempting to secure lawyers for the two, authorities have said that the two men did not need legal representation.

All this is over a case of adultery without any real evidence. (And, no, the judges’ “special knowledge” is not evidence.) I suppose that after a certain point, it was no longer really about prosecuting an adulteress and more about the authorities saving face. The prosecution was getting a lot of attention in the international press, and the authorities had to insist that they couldn’t possibly have made a mistake, so they doubled down. Perhaps that makes them look better to Iranians, and they don’t give a shit that they look like monsters—and not even very competent ones—to Westerners.

At this point, I don’t expect anyone to be able to save Sakineh. She’s a dead woman walking. It might not be too late to get her son and lawyer the hell out of there.