IRIANIAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS GROUP CRITICIZES TV INTERVIEW

Rights group criticizes Iranian woman’s TV interviewBy the CNN Wire StaffAugust 12, 2010 3:39 p.m. EDTTehran, Iran (CNN) — An international human rights organization criticized Thursday an interview given by a 43-year-old woman sentenced to death by stoning on Iranian state-run TV a day earlier.In the interview, the woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, denounced her lawyer and said she knew about a plot to kill her husband but felt she had been misled. The mother of two faces a death sentence for adultery.The Amnesty International human rights group criticized the broadcast Thursday.”Televised ‘confessions’ have repeatedly been used by the authorities to incriminate individuals in custody,” Amnesty International said. “Many have later retracted these ‘confessions,’ stating that they were coerced to make them, sometimes under torture or other ill-treatment.

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