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TEHRAN, Dec. 9, 2010 (Reuters) — A European human rights group said on Thursday an Iranian woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning had been freed, but there was no confirmation from Iran.
The International Committee Against Stoning, based in Germany, said it had heard from "sources in Iran" that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been freed.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini welcomed the "excellent news" although the ministry said the comment was based on the committee's report which it was trying to verify.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
One does have to wonder though why this news isn’t coming out of Tehran officially as of yet.
"Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran's judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene," Press TV said on its website.