Minister vows to fight death sentence
Tuesday 07 September 2010
The French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says he is willing to "do anything" to save an Iranian woman facing a death sentence for adultery.
Mr Kouchner called Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence of death by stoning "the height of barbarism". He added: "I'm ready to do anything to save her. If I must go to Tehran to save her, I'll go to Tehran."
Having spoken to one of Ms Ashtiani's lawyers, Mr Kouchner declared that the case had become a "personal cause" for him.
Iran lifted the stoning sentence for the 43-year-old after an international outcry. She could still be hanged.
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