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Iran: We Won't Stone Ashtiani

But hanging is still on the table
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2010 9:59 AM CDT
Iran: We Won't Stone Ashtiani
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)

(Newser) – Ever-benevolent Iran has decided that it doesn't absolutely have to stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to death—again?—but it still might hang her. The Iranian foreign minister announced the suspension of the stoning sentence today, Reuters reports, saying the verdict is "being reviewed" and that a final verdict will be issued. Ramin Mehmanparast blamed the US for the international outcry over the sentence, saying "they are playing a political game." (Read more stoning stories.)

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