Avid readers of Today’s Lady News have no doubt been following the story of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death for adultery. Ashtiani is accused of cheating on her husband and then conspiring to have him killed; she was sentenced to 99 lashes, which she’s received, and death by stoning. After an international outcry that death by stoning was too cruel, Iran changed the sentence to death by hanging. However, her lawyer also fled Iran to Norway in fear when he learned the government planned to arrest him.
Carla Bruni, the First Lady of France and a musician/model/actress who was known for her colorful sexual escapades before she married President Nicolas Sarkozy, has spoken up for Ashtiani and said no one should be murdered for their sexual behavior. Earlier this week, a state-run newspaper in Iran called Bruni a “prostitute” and then said she “deserves to die” for supporting an “adulteress.” Keep reading »
Because bawling in court wasn’t enough, Lindsay Lohan took to Twitter last night to complain about her 90-day prison sentence. Quoting from the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lohan clearly seems to think spending three months in the pokey is cruel and inhuman punishment. But then she linked to a Newsweek story about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who is set to be stoned to death, and asked her followers to retweet. Keep reading »