Iran on Execution of Va. Woman: US Is a Hypocrite

Case shows double standard in outcry over Ashtiani

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2010 7:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – For those in New York protesting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies today (like the decision to stone a woman accused of adultery to death), Iran has fired back with the old "You're a hypocrite." Seems Tehran thinks Virginia opting to execute Teresa Lewis, a woman with a low IQ who conspired to murder her husband, isn't much different than an Iranian court's hugely controversial decision to sentence Sakineh Mahammadi Ashtiani to death by stoning on adultery charges.

Denouncing the "double standards" of the US, an Iranian MP tells the Guardian, "We will file an official complaint to the international community against the US if the sentence is administered." Iran, for the record, has backed off the stoning sentence, but has indicated the death penalty is still an option for Ashtiani—much to international outcry.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two who was sentenced to death by stoning in Iran on charges of adultery.   (AP Photo/Amnesty International, File)
Teresa Lewis is set to be executed on Thursday in Virginia, the first woman face the death penalty in 100 years in the commonwealth.   (AP Photo/via Steptoe & Johnson LLP)
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