Iranian woman confesses to helping kill husband in video

Same woman whose case gained international attention after she was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery

Published December 10, 2010 8:53PM (EST)

An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery confesses to helping a man kill her husband in a re-enactment on state television -- the latest state-orchestrated broadcast in a case that has raised an international outcry.

Friday's broadcast on English-language Press TV is an apparent attempt to deflect international criticism over the adultery sentence by bolstering Iran's separate charge that Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani also was involved in murder.

Iran has put the stoning sentence on hold but could use the murder conviction to justify executing the 43-year-old mother of two.

Amnesty International has criticized the broadcast of a purported confession, saying it violated international standards for a fair trial.

By Associated Press

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