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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

(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. (Read more Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani stories.)

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