Iranian woman spared death by stoning

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The Independent Online

An Iranian widow who was sentenced to death will no longer be executed by stoning, the Iranian embassy in London said last night.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's case drew international outrage after her lawyer's blog posts sparked a campaign to save her life after she was found guilty of adultury. There was no official confirmation from the Iranian embassy last night, and it was not immediately clear if Ashtiani still faces death by other means.

"According to information from the relevant judicial authorities in Iran, she will not be executed by stoning punishment," the embassy said in the statement.