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Iran Denies Freeing Condemned Woman

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 06:39 AM

Iran denied reports on Friday that it has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning after human rights campaigners stoked confusion by releasing unconfirmed reports to the press, The New York Times reports.

A report Friday on the Web site of Iran’s state-run English language news channel Press TV said reports of the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, were false and were part of a “vast publicity campaign by Western media.”

On Thursday night, foreign news reports citing a group supporting her based in Germany said that Iran’s authorities had released Ms. Ashtiani, along with her son and her lawyer .

“We have got news from Iran that they are free,” Mina Ahadi, spokeswoman for the International Campaign Against Stoning, was quoted as saying.

The unconfirmed report prompted foreign governments to welcome the news with Maureen Harper, the wife of the Canadian prime minister, and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini both issuing statements.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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Iran denied reports on Friday that it has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning after human rights campaigners stoked confusion by releasing unconfirmed reports to the press, The New York Times reports.
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