17 November 2010

Sakineh declares herself a sinner in a penitence fest on Iranian tv

Iranian state TV has broadcast a statement from Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani in which she described herself as a "sinner".

She also accused Mina Ahadi, an activist of the German-based International Committee Against Stoning (Icas), of spreading her story around the world.

Ahadi who was instrumental in bringing Mohammadi Ashtiani's case to the world's attention, was as "a communist dissident exiled in Germany", who had taken advantage of the case for her own benefit.

Two German journalists arrested in Iran last year "confessed" during the broadcast that they had received orders from Ahadi.
During the programme,

Mohammadi Ashtiani reiterated her previous televised "confessions" that she was involved in the murder of her husband. "I am a sinner," she said.

Her face was blurred and the interview, conducted in her native Azeri language, was subtitled in Farsi. Previously, Iranian officials have tried to distract attention from the sentence of stoning by portraying Mohammadi Ashtiani as a murderer and not mentioning the charge of adultery over which she has been imprisoned since 2006.

The programme said that Mohammadi Ashtiani's case was promoted around the world by her lawyers, Mohammad Mostafaei, and later Kian, because "they were looking for excuses to claim asylum in western countries". Mostafaei, Mohammadi Ashtiani's first lawyer, was arrested and subsequently forced to leave Iran after giving interviews to foreign press including the Guardian. He is now in Norway.

Kian, a government appointed lawyer for Mohammadi Ashtiani, began to represent her after Mostafaei, but contrary to the government's will, became outspoken and defended her.
Kian, who has been jailed since October, claimed that Mohammadi Ashtiani was beaten and tortured before appearing on TV for the first time.

Qaderzadeh, a bus conductor in Tabriz, said in the programme: "He [Kian] told me to say she [Mohammadi Ashtiani] was tortured … Unfortunately, I listened to him and told lies to the foreign media.

In response to his remarks, Kian said in the programme: "Telling lies to foreign media was my recommendation to Sajjad."

Call me a tad scetpical but I somehow sense that Sakineh was under just a little duress to make these statements… Clearly the scum who run Iran are pissed off that they couldn’t have their stoning.

Meanwhile Ahadi told the Guardian: "They are not just attacking me, they are attacking our committee and everybody who successfully brought her case to the world's attention and, at least for now, managed to stop Iran form stoning her. If it wasn't for the world's attention, Sakineh would have been executed by now, that is what's making them angry."

The two German journalists who appeared on the programme, who were not identified, admitted to their "illegal acts". One of them said: "Mina Ahadi sent me to Iran because she knew she would benefit from my arrest and I'll sue her when I get back to Germany."

Iran's English language TV channel, Press TV, reported on Monday that according to Iran's East Azerbaijan Prosecutor Malek Ajdar Sharifi "the behaviour of the Germans showed they entered Iran as spies and tried to create negative atmosphere against Iran and the East Azerbaijan judiciary."

Well I suppose it makes a change from having spies under British control… For once Uncle Napoleon has a different target.


James Higham said...

The crowd need their bloodsport.

jams o donnell said...

Especially the mullahs

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The whole thing is disgusting. Do they really imagine they can fool the world?

jams o donnell said...

They only fool themselves.. the bastards