Brazil says offer of asylum to death-facing Iranian woman is official

14:52, August 14, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Brazil said on Friday its ambassador to Tehran met with a senior official of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in early August to offer to receive Sakineh Moahammadi Ashtianti, an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery, thereby making the appeal official.

Ambassador Antonio Salgado met with the Acting Deputy Minister for the Americas of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to officially extend the offer, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry believes that the meeting "is, from the diplomatic point of view, the formalization of the offer," it said.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered asylum on July 31 to Sakineh Ashtianti, a 43-year-old woman who was convicted in 2006 of having illegal relations with two men after the death of her husband. Her sentence to death by stoning has sparked outcries outside Iran recently.

But Moshen Shaterzadeh, Iran's Ambassador to Brazil, told Agencia Brasil news service on Thursday that Tehran has not received any official demand or offer that Moahammadi Ashtiani be transferred to Brazil, saying that "there is no written document or exchange of notes."

Shaterzadeh said that the crime was judged according to the legal code of Iran, "which is in accordance with the moral and cultural precepts of the country," and that the trial involved only Iranians.

President Lula has had good relations with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In the statement on Friday, the Foreign Ministry of Brazil said that the appeal was made on purely humanitarian basis and that it does not seek to interfere in Iranian sovereignty.

It added that it hoped the appeal also based on the "good relationship between the two governments ... will receive the due attention of the authorities of the country."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:叶欣)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Staff members watch a screen showing the blast-off of the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
Hot Forum Discussion