Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tolerant, Peaceful, Muslims Demonstrate Piety and Compassion With Another Planned Stoning Of A Mother of Two
New Twist in Brutal Stoning Case
Aug 02 2010
By Azadeh Moaveni, The Daily Beast
An Iranian mother of two sentenced to death by stoning may be saved by an unlikely hero -- Brazil's president. Shirin Ebadi, Iran's Nobel peace laureate, talks to Azadeh Moaveni about Lula's strange offer.
For a while there, it seemed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's only chance to escape death by stoning was to pull herself out of her ditch amid a hail of small stones. But the 43-year-old mother of two may have been saved by an unlikely hero Saturday, when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva made a surprise offer of asylum, appealing directly to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "If she is causing problems there, we will welcome her here," Lula said.