Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Iran: the show must go on

Sakineh Mohammed Ashtiani isn't out of the woods yet.

She's the person condemned to be stoned to death by the mad mullahs currently running Iran. While the sentence has been on hold (not commuted), and some believe that the authorities will show Iranian mercy by merely hanging her, the rule of what remains of law in that country has suffered another setback.

In Iran Solidarity's words:

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and lawyer, Houtan Kian, were arrested along with a German journalist and photographer in Tabriz on 10 October 2010 at 1900 hours local time. The security forces raided the lawyer’s office where an interview was taking place and arrested all four.

Their whereabouts are currently unknown and no news has been received of their situation since the arrests. It is known they were arrested given that at the time of the raid, one of the journalists was on the phone speaking with Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution. The four have not returned home or to their hotels since; the Islamic regime has confirmed the arrest of the two journalists.

Please visit Iran Solidarity and sign the open letter (there's a moderation queue).

A very interesting take on all this, by the way, which will not be to everyone's taste, may be found here.

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