Iran: TV releases photos of Sakineh Ashtiani, liberation NOT confirmed (UPD)

Sakineh Ashtiani and her son, in Press TV yesterday

Iran’s government-backed Press TV Thursday released new photographs of a woman sentenced to die for adultery and her son, apparently taken at her home in Osku.

The station aired a promotional ad for a half-hour program it says it will air Friday in which Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani confesses to plotting to kill her husband.

The station said the photographs were taken on December 5. CNN did not receive the pictures directly from Press TV and has not been able to verify when they were taken.

Officials in Iran have not made a statement about Ashtiani, and the Islamic republic’s mission to the United Nations was not able to confirm her release for CNN.

via Iranian TV releases photos of woman sentenced to stoning – CNN.com.

UPD: She has not been freed. In fact, the Iranian TV has announced as I posted yesterday, that she will confess the plot to kill her husband in an interview to be aired today:

Press TV posted a story on its website early Friday morning explaining that the program “Iran Today,” which will air Friday night, would include interviews with — among others — Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to be stoned to death.

Press TV’s release of still photographs of Ashtiani and her son from the interview, which took place on Sunday, fueled some speculation that they had been released, but there was no evidence or confirmation to support that conjecture.

In a clip from the program that aired late Thursday, Ashtiani confesses to plotting to kill her husband. Her family, however, has denied she was involved in her husband’s death.

Here most MSM yesterday announced she had been freed, and some important bloggers, as Elentir and Anghara rejoiced at the news. But, unfortunately, it’s as I feared yesterday: no one has been freed.

3 comments on “Iran: TV releases photos of Sakineh Ashtiani, liberation NOT confirmed (UPD)

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  2. K. says:

    I hope this is true, as it looks promising for her release.

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