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Iranian TV to air interview with woman sentenced to death by stoning

By the CNN Wire Staff
A picture released by Iran's state-run Press TV shows Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani meeting with her son Sajjad.
A picture released by Iran's state-run Press TV shows Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani meeting with her son Sajjad.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Press TV took Ashtiani to her home for a re-enactment of her husband's death
  • NEW: Ashtiani confesses she "made a plot to kill my husband" in the interview
  • NEW: The release of photographs fueled conjecture she had been released

(CNN) -- A program on Iran's government-backed Press TV recently took a woman convicted of adultery and murder back to her home in Osku "to produce a visual account" of the death of her husband "at the crime scene."

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.

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Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and sentenced to death by stoning.

She became the subject of enormous international outcry over the summer when her sentence became public knowledge.

Officials ranging from Pope Benedict XVI to the European Union's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, urged Iran not to carry out the sentence.

Two German journalists who interviewed Ashtiani were arrested in October and charged with espionage. He son and lawyer also were arrested, but it was not clear on what charges.

CNN's Azadeh Ansari and Mitra Mobasherat contributed to this report.

 
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