Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s Death Is Iran’s Televised Peep Show
SAKINEH Mohammadi Ashtiani is free! Or not. The Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for cheating on her murdered husband with another man has been shown meeting with her son at her home in Osku.
(Her male associate was pardoned by her children. Such is the Iranian State’s hatred of women. Her children, Sajad Ghadzerade and Farideh, have been tireless and courageous in their defence of their mother. Ashtiani has already served five years jail and been whipped 99 times. In September 2006, she was cleared of murder. She was then convicted of adultery for a second time and sentence to be stoned to death.)
“Ashanti ‘freed’”, declares the front page of the Times, the seemingly joyous news couched in invested commas.
The Times says, “Western pressure tells on Iran.” Did the coverage make the the treatment of Ashtiani more trouble than it was worth for jittery Iran?
Says Iran’s Press TV (this story has now been removed from its website):
“Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a team of broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene.
“Press TV’s Iran Today program, will shed light on the highways and byways of the murder account with multiple interviews with people and individuals involved in the case.”
Iran is a macho nation that cannot admit fault. This case makes it appear pathetic, petty and insecure. It is very much Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s kind of place.