Iranian sentenced to stoning plans to sue German journalists

Posted Jan 1, 2011 by Lynn Curwin
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, has said that she plans to sue two German journalists who interviewed her son.
She spoke to foreign media on January 1, at a conference organised by judiciary officials. Reporters were not allowed to ask questions.
"I have a complaint about the two Germans who have embarrassed me," BBC News quoted her as saying. "Why did they come here? Why did they come here and pose as journalists?
"I have told Sajjad...( Sajjad Ghaderzadeh– her son) to sue the ones who have disgraced me and the country."
Yahoo News reported that she also named her former lawyer Mohammad Mostafaie, anti-stoning campaigner Mina Ahadi and her husband's convicted murderer Issa Taheri as people she wants to sue.
Ghaderzadeh was arrested along with the German journalists in October, but he has now been released on bail.
Iran says the reporter and a photographer have admitted to violating Iranian laws.
During Saturday’s conference Ashtiani, who has been a prisoner since 2006, said that she was not tortured.
"These are all rumours,” the BBC quoted her as saying.
"Whatever interview I have given so far, I have given voluntarily. No one has forced me. I have spoken on my own accord.”
The media was shown a film clip in which Ashtiani was seen eating dinner and chatting quietly with her son.
Ghaderzadeh said he mistakenly made his mother’s case controversial, thinking that would help free her. He said he should not have spoken to the German journalists and that they, Mostafaie and lawyer Javid Houtan Kian, who is also in custody, made the case worse.