Iran Update – The Stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Thursday, July 1, 2010

By Richard Radcliffe

These from our friends in Iran. Barbarism at work.

Letter of the children of death row prisoner Sakineh Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to death by stoning:

Today we seek help from people all over the world. It has been five years that we have lived without a mother’s love in constant fear. Is the world so cruel that it can see this catastrophe and easily pass it by?
We are Farideh and Sajad Mohammadi Ashtiani, the children of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The pain of having a mother in prison and having to wait for this catastrophe to take place is familiar for us.

The truth is, the words ‘death by stoning’, is in itself so terrifying that we try to never use it.

We say that our mother is in danger, our mother might die and our mother expects to be helped.

Today, when all the paths have reached a dead end and our mother’s lawyer said that she is in grave danger, we come to you. We go to the people of the world. The color of your skin or the country or city you live in is not important. We go to everyone who has experienced the pain of losing a loved one.
Please help our mother come back home! We especially seek the help of Iranians all over the world. Please help end this nightmare and do not let it turn into a reality. Help and save our mother.

Explaining the minutes and seconds of our life is very difficult. Words loose their meaning in these agonizing moments. Help us save our mother. Write letters and ask officials to release her. Tell them that no one has filed a complaint against her and that she has done nothing wrong. Our mother should not die. Is there anyone who hears our plea for help?

The ruling class is getting nervous.

Tehran, June 28, 2010. Rafsanjani the head of regime’s Expediency Council said: “today we need unity more than ever. There are visible and invisible hands who are striking on the drum of schism and severance”.

Pointing to the sanctions and ever increasing regime’s isolation he added: “at a time when sanctions and international pressures are coming to us like waves of sedition the just expectation from within (the regime) is to surmount the threats against the Islamic establishment by unity, solidarity and being tact”.

Without naming Khamenei whose talisman is broken he continued: “today whoever and in any place causes severance amongst people even if he says that he is sincere he is committing a huge and strategic mistake.

The only way of getting rid of threats and concerns is strengthening unity and solidarity in the country. Pointing to the anniversary of Khomeini’s death on June 4 and the fact that Hosein Khomeini, Khomeini’s grandson was not permitted to speak Rafsanjani said: “in a condition that the country is faced with different problems such an act is just the imprudence of some who show themselves as revolutionary and sacred”.

Tehran, June 28, 2010. Javad Larijani deputy of regime’s Judiciary pointing to the schism at the top of the regime said: “the sedition of last year was so heavy and dangerous that if it wasn’t for Khamenei’s guidance and enlightening a great number of people would have rolled into it.

Larijani who is also Khamenei’s advisor counting Khamenei as the criterion said: “to be secure from the sedition we must hang to criterions, if we do so we will be rid of sedition even in our personal lives”.

Tehran, June 28, 2010. Broojerdi the head of Security and Foreign Policy Commission in regime’s parliament reacted to the statement of G8 against the clerical regime and said: “this statement is a political pandemonium and is the result of pressure imposed by US”. “US and its allies don’t want any step to be taken outside the framework of Security Council for solving the issues”.

The leaders of G8 have expressed their concern about the continuation of 20% enrichment of uranium and the goals regime pursues by this at their final statement.

With thanks to World Threats (


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