Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who avoided death by stoning for adultery, may now receive 99 lashes because of a mistake by a British paper. The Times of London ran a picture of an unveiled woman incorrectly identified as Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Even though the paper issued an apology, the court is insisting on carrying out the sentence. Ashtiani's son Sajjad Qaderzadeh, 22, believes that the sentence is retaliation for the international campaign to stop the stoning death of his mother. He said he heard about the sentence from a fellow prisoner who had recently left the prison where his mother is being held for her alleged involvement in the murder of her husband. Ashtiani faces death by hanging for that crime, although she maintains her innocence. This story is getting worse and worse. Ashtiani can’t win for losing, and sadly Iran will not be satisfied until she is dead. Shaking our heads over here at The Root.
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