Forced interview with Sakineh a huge international disgrace for the Islamic Republic of Iran
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Press Release No: 42
13 August 2010
The August 11 interview of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani by the state-run television channel “Seda va Sima,” in which she was forced to criticise the international campaign to save her and complain against Mostafai (her lawyer) in public, became world-wide news that shamed the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Within minutes, news of this inquisition reached the International Committees against Stoning and Execution. This news was disseminated to other sites, reaching the international media within a few hours to reflect the murderous legal system of the Islamic Republic.
In the past two days, many radio and television stations and newspapers, from the USA and Europe to Brazil and Turkey, have interviewed Mina Ahadi, Ahmad Fatemi and Farshad Hoseini from the International Committees against Stoning and Execution, and have reflected their reactions to this inquisition.
Immediately, Amnesty International criticised the Islamic Republic. This was followed by condemnation from various governments.
The European media, which, except for the British, were relatively quiet two days ago, have now greatly expanded their broadcasting on the campaign to save Sakineh. They have also interviewed the campaigners about this inquisition by the Islamic Republic.
As of two days ago, the media from Turkey and Arab-speaking countries have also devoted a considerable volume of their coverage to Sakineh’s case in general and specifically to this act of the Islamic Republic. They have also broadcast parts of the activities of the International Committees against Stoning and Execution in different countries.
The International Campaign against Stoning and Execution to save Sakineh has found new dimensions. The Islamic Republic is in such a quandary that last night’s television programme, after showing many activities of the Committees against Stoning and Execution, descended into nonsense and announced that Mostafaei wasn’t a lawyer at all! It was then forced to announce that due to Ramadan, Sakineh would not be executed in this month. This was in spite of the fact that the Islamic Republic had previously intensified preparations to execute her by sending her case to Mortazavi and Ezheyi, two of the most notorious members of this criminal gang.
In the last few weeks, the criminal judiciary system of the Islamic Republic, despicable Islamic Ghesas laws, prison conditions, the regime’s anti-woman and anti-human rights policy and practice, the necessity of a global boycott, and the withdrawal of the official recognition of this regime have been at the forefront of discussion in world-wide media and general public opinion.
Millions of people around the world have seen the ugly face of the Islamic Republic. The Islamic Republic has now lost all credibility on the world scene.
The International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS)
The International Committee Against Execution (ICAE)
(Translated from Farsi by Soheila Rowe)
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