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False: Reports That Iran Freed Woman Set to Hang
A photo released yesterday showing Ashtiani at home with her son. (Photo: Al Jazeera)

False: Reports That Iran Freed Woman Set to Hang

“We are trying to get to the bottom of this.”

Reports that Iran had released an adulteress woman accused of killing her husband, and who was set to be stoned and then hanged because of that accusation, are now reportedly false.

Yesterday, word quickly spread around the internet that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been released by the Iranian government and no longer had to fear for her life.

But soon after the pictures aired on state-owned TV, the reports of her release could not be confirmed.

“What we hear is still very contradictory, even coming from state media,” Ahmad Fatemi with the International Committee Against Stoning told The Globe and Mail from Sweden Thursday evening. “We are trying to get to the bottom of this.”

By Friday morning, the Iranian government had cleared up the confusion: Ashtiani had been taken back to her home to confess to her husband's murder and re-create the crime scene where she supposedly killed him.

"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, according to Al Jazeera.

The TV outlet said it would air the program on Friday evening.

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