Iranian Ashtiani, son to sue two Germans for interview attempts

10:25, January 03, 2011      

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The Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who is charged with extramarital affairs, and her son said that they would sue the two German nationals for the illegal interview attempts.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and her son Sajjad Qaderzadeh told reporters that they would sue the two Germans who tried to interview Sajjad without any authorization, according to the local media.

Qaderzadeh said he would sue the two German nationals who, posing as tourists and journalists, "illegally" asked him to do the interview, the state IRIB TV reported Sunday.

Qaderzadeh also threatened to sue his lawyers who encouraged him to agree to the conduct the interview, said the report.

In October, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hosein Mohseni- Ejei said Iran had arrested two foreigners who interviewed the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been on death row since 2006.

Mohseni-Ejei said it was found out later that the two foreigners interviewed Ashtiani's son were not journalists, or did not carry any document to prove they were journalists.

Ashtiani's case become internationally known in 2010 after high profile reports that she was convicted of extramarital affairs and sentenced to execution by stoning.

On Saturday, she told reporters in the Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz that she had asked his son to sue the two German nationals for the interview attempts.

In the Saturday press conference outside the Tabriz prison where she is being held, Ashtiani also criticized her lawyers for what she described as efforts to politicize her case, the local satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

She told reporters that the reason for her planned lawsuit against the German nationals was that they duped her son into accepting the interview, leading to his arrest, said the report.

Ashtiani also rejected the claims by Western media that the interviews and confessions that she has made and is making about her case are conducted under pressure, according to Press TV.

Ashtiani and her son's statements were followed by an announcement from an Iranian judiciary official on Sunday that the woman is likely to be spared from stoning.

The judiciary chief of Iran's northwestern province of East Azerbaijan said Sunday that the stoning verdict of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani might be abolished.

Asked that if the stoning verdict of Ashtiani could be cancelled, Malek Ajdar Sharifi told the semi-official Fars news agency that "everything is possible," implying that verdict might be abolished.

The German foreign ministry said Sunday the threats by Ashtiani and her son to sue the detained German nationals in Iran were likely made under pressure.

On Dec. 28, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the two German nationals detained in Iran in October were granted the chance to visit their families in New Year day in Tabriz.

Source: Xinhua
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