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Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s family turned away from prison visit | World news | The Guardian

August 29, 2010

…”her son Sajad, 22 and daughter Saeedeh, 17, were told she was unwilling to see them. Later, when she was allowed to phone her son, it emerged she had been told by guards that no one had come to visit and that her children had abandoned her, Sajad told the Guardian. “[The officials have become obstinate – they are seeking just different ways to mistreat my mother and us as her children,” he said Mohammadi Ashtiani’s government-appointed lawyer, Houtan Kian, has been unable to visit her since she appeared on TV this month and confessed to involvement in her husband’s murder. Human rights campaigners say the confession was made under duress. This week Kian’s house in Tabriz was ransacked by government officials who confiscated documents and laptops after breaking down the fron door. He said: “The government appointed me to represent Sakineh but now they are angry because they see that even I admit that she’s completely innocent.” Another defence lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, was
forced to flee Iran after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Kian said: “Now it’s my turn but I am not going anywhere. I’m here to defend her ’til the end even if they put me in jail. He described the stoning sentence as “unbelievably ridiculous”, adding that while she had been accused of adultery, her putative lover had no been named”She’s been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery but no one else s named in the sentence for her adultery charges, so who has she had sex with? No one is named in the sentence. She’s been convicted of adultery because the judge thought she had extramarital sex, but with whom?” …..

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