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A top Iranian lawmaker lashes out at the US over the death sentence of an American woman with borderline mental retardation, saying the US is the symbol of human rights violation.
The Iranian lawmaker added that lack of the US government's commitment to international laws has led to the issuance of the death sentence for a woman who suffers from mental retardation.
Boroujerdi said all countries make a distinction between people in good health conditions and those diagnosed with mental disorders, adding it is regretful that the US does not act this way.
Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
Not that I agree with the US executing retarded people-but Iran cannot really go telling the US how to treat its prisoners when they themselves hang,torture,stone to death or give lashes to their women prisoners.
Pot kettle I would say.
US cannot really go telling Iran how to treat its prisoners when they themselves hang,torture,kill their retarded prisoners.
Originally posted by Common Good
reply to post by Gun Totin Gerbil
Do you have two Handles on this board?
Or do you just agree with the other guy and decide that everything he said word for word was what you were thinking, word for word?
Members of the Iranian parliament’s human rights committee have condemned the planned execution this week in Virginia of a woman convicted of plotting to kill her husband, The Guardian reports.
The parliamentary human rights committee said her case reflected “the double standards” of the American government, comparing her case to that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
News that Ms. Ashtiani had been sentenced to die for adultery set off an international campaign to save her......
Ms. Lewis admitted that she had conspired with the two accomplices who shot and killed her husband and stepson in 2002. One of them was her lover at the time.
As The Washington Post reported, Ms. Lewis’s supporters, “have argued that she does not deserve to die because she is borderline mentally retarded and was manipulated by a much smarter conspirator. They say it is unfair that Lewis was sentenced to death while the two men who fired the shots received life sentences.”
In a recent interview with Maria Glod of The Washington Post, Ms. Lewis, who has two children, said: “I didn’t pull the trigger, but I did do wrong, and I let two people that I love be taken away, and I hurt other people I love very much. I really know that now.” She added: “I’m scared to death…. I want to keep living. I don’t want to die.”
According to Mr. Dehghan, Iran’s Fars News Agency, which is close to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, criticized American news organizations for “being silent in the past seven years Lewis has been kept in jail…. On her execution day she’ll wish for a better country whose judiciary would listen to its people rather than intervening in the internal affairs of other countries.”
The US Supreme Court has refused to grant a last-minute reprieve to a grandmother on death row, now likely to become the first woman to be executed in Virginia state in almost 100 years.