Iranian state television has broadcast new footage of a jailed woman whose death sentence by stoning sparked international condemnation from rights groups, governments
, and even the Vatican
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, speaking in her native Azeri language with Farsi subtitles, denies reports that she was lashed or tortured in prison.
Ashtiani's son is quoted in "The Guardian
" dismissing the public appearance as not genuine and said he does not trust Iranian officials who have denied her access to her family and lawyers.
Televised confessions are a frequent feature of Iranian criminal proceedings, and former Iranian detainees have recounted tales of jailers' efforts to force such appearances.
Reports last month suggested Ashtiani was given 99 lashes after a British newspaper mistakenly ran a photo purporting to show her without the Islamic head scarf dictated by the strict Iranian dress code.
Iran's Foreign Ministry has said a final verdict on Ashtiani's fate has not been made.
Iranian officials have also warned
foreign governments against making the stoning sentence -- in which women are buried to their waists and pelted with stones until they die -- a rights issue.compiled from agency reports