Unite against the regime of stoning and flogging
September 17, 2010 4 Comments
I have written a few items explaining why the case against Ashtiani is a perversion of justice, and how Iran is practising a judicial system contrary to Islamic teachings.
In my original piece on the case I speak about the exploited use of Article 105 of the Islamic Penal Code of Iran which states “The Shari’a Judge can act upon his own knowledge in the cases of [defending] the God’s Rights and People’s Rights and carry out the punishment constituted by the God and it is necessary that he documents his knowledge.”
Furthermore, I note how Iran, by exploiting a loophole in Islamic law, seems dubious measured against the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory. Article 14, paragraph 1 of this convention states that everyone be equal before the law, and be entitled to a fair and public hearing by an impartial tribunal established by law.
In another piece I point out the intimidation felt by Mohammad Mostafaei, the lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, at the hands of Iranian authorities.
In a piece on the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan I mention the attempts by him and President Lula of Brazil to change Ahmadinejad’s opinion on the case, and their attempts to awaken the will in the Iran President to allow Ashtiani to be extradited to Brazil – an attempt which unfortunately failed.
And lastly, I mention Ashtiani as a reason why the UK left should forget George Galloway and question his support for the Iranian President.
For the pursuit of justice in Iran, I will give my support in Central London tomorrow.