Iran Frees Woman Sentenced to Stoning: Rights Group

But there's still no official confirmation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 6:38 PM CST
A photo from state-run TV of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.   (AP Photo/Press TV)
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(Newser) – A little mercy in Iran? A German human rights group says Tehran has freed the woman whose death sentence for adultery—by stoning, no less—sparked world outrage. "We have got news from Iran that they are free," a spokeswoman for the Anti-Stoning Committee tells AFP, referring to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, her son, and her lawyer. Big caveat: No official confirmation yet. Apparently all will be made clear on Iranian TV tonight. Click here for background on the case, including additional charges that Ashtiani helped with her husband's murder.

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