THEY’LL STONE YOU JUST LIKE THEY SAID THEY WOULD

From THE JERUSALEM POST:

The Vatican on Sunday raised the possibility of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to spare the life of an Iranian widow sentenced to be stoned for adultery. In its first public statement on the case the Vatican also decried stoning as a particularly “brutal” form of capital punishment.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted in 2006 of adultery. In July, Iranian authorities said they would not carry out the stoning sentence for the time being, but the mother of two could still face execution by hanging for adultery and other offenses.

Her son, Sajad, told the Italian news agency Adnkronos that he was appealing to Pope Benedict XVI and to Italy to work to stop the execution.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told The Associated Press that no formal appeal had reached the Vatican, but hinted that Vatican’s diplomacy might be employed to try to save Ashtiani. He said in a statement that the Holy See “is following the case with attention and interest.”

“When the Holy See is asked, in an appropriate way, to intervene in humanitarian issues with the authorities of other countries, as it has happened many times in the past, it does so not in a public way, but through its own diplomatic channels,” Lombardi said in a statement.

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THEY’LL STONE YOU JUST LIKE THEY SAID THEY WOULD — 3 Comments

  1. Are they the same diplomatic channels it uses to allow the cover ups of the internal wrong doings? Undisclosed methods to levy power can never be fully good. I hope this woman benefits, who could deny her that, but those diplomatic channels are historical power still working in a modern world where they should be no place for underhand politics within religion.

  2. According to today’s The Times she was punished with another 99 lashes because of a photo of her that was published in The Times the other day and that shows her hair.
    The photos was not actually of her, and even if it had been, she was in no position to allow or prohibit its publication.
    And 99 lashes is what she was previously punished with for adultery.
    Her son believes she was punished for the international outcry her case caused.