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Iran paper-Bruni should die after stoning comments

Government spokesman calls on Iran media to avoid insults.

August 31, 2010 4:17 by

An Iranian newspaper said on Tuesday that Carla Bruni, the wife of France’s president, deserved to die after she expressed solidarity with a woman sentenced to be stoned for adultery.

The hardline daily Kayhan called Bruni a “prostitute” whose lifestyle meant she deserved a similar fate as the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death for adultery.

Carla Bruni was one of several French celebrities who published open letters to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case has caused international outrage and highlighted Iran’s use of stoning as capital punishment.

The wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote: “Spill your blood, deprive your children of their mother? Why? because you have lived, because you have loved, because you are a woman, an Iranian? Every part of me refuses to accept this.”

Kayhan, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported Bruni’s letter on Saturday under the headline: “French prostitutes enter human rights uproar”.

On Tuesday it returned to the subject, criticising Bruni’s “illicit relationships with various people” and blaming her for causing Sarkozy’s divorce from his second wife.

“Studying Carla Bruni’s record clearly shows the reason why this immoral woman is backing an Iranian woman who has been condemned to death for committing adultery and being accomplice in her husband’s murder and, in fact, she herself deserves to die,” Kayhan said.

There has been no official reaction from France where the media have paid very little attention to the affair.

At his weekly news conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called on Iran’s media to use more temperate language.

“Insulting the officials of other countries and using inappropriate words, this is not approved of by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said when asked about the issue.

“The policies, the manners and the comments of other countries’ officials, we criticise them, we make objections to them and we call for them to review their deeds, but we don’t think using inappropriate words and insulting words is the right thing to do.”

Ashtiani, a mother of two, has received 99 lashes for having an illicit relationship with two men. The stoning sentence has been suspended pending a judicial review but could still be carried out, an Iranian judiciary official has said.

Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran’s sharia law, enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran is second only to China in the number of people it executes, according to Amnesty International.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has developed close ties with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has offered asylum to Mohammadi Ashtiani, prompting an embarrassing public rejection of his offer by Iran.

(Reporting by Ramin Mostafavi; additional reporting by Vicky Buffery in Paris; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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  1. Kevin Mascarenhas on September 1, 2010 4:59 am

    I would like to make the radicals in Iran aware of Jesus comments made 2000 years ago to a similar situation when the public were ready to stone ‘a prostitute’ Jesus asked the crowd to first see inward and judge themselves if they have committed no sin, only then cast the stone….none could do so….so my Iranian brothers remove the boulder from your own eyes before you go as far as France to clear the speks of dust…live and let live and let God be the Judge

  2. Imran on September 1, 2010 8:34 am


    Fare enough with Jesus and 2000 year old story…

    But just imagine – your wife commit an adultery with another 2 men and finally helping them in murdering you (probably when you are asleep on the pillow next to her)…. Wouldn’t you throttle her if you luckily survive ????

    Hope this never gonna happen with you….

  3. Nomoredespots on September 1, 2010 10:25 am

    Murder, torture, rape seems to be a common practise by the IRGC to terrorise innocent election protesters. Maybe the Iranian Foreign Ministry could make some comment about that as well.

  4. jim on September 1, 2010 11:46 am

    Imran, what does that have to do with anything??? The story is about an Iranian newspaper calling Carla Bruni a prostitute.

  5. Imran on September 1, 2010 2:50 pm

    Hi Jim,

    I was replying to Kevin in the first place.

    As for Clara Bruni, well, being in her shoes with “free style” behavior ( you may saw her photos with erotic content) and more over – being a first lady !!! at the same time – I would keep mouth shut rather than play “freedom” game.
    Or may be they released the ban for Muslim women wearing scarf to enter Paris universities??

  6. jim on September 2, 2010 7:24 am

    Yes I have seen – and I like very much what I say thanks Imran! Sarkozi is a lucky guy. If you don’t like to look at such photos then….. stop looking at them.

    As for the freedom game, I believe that in France you can practice whatever religion you want and that in that country there are such a things as free trials, freedom of speech and human rights – not so in Iran unfortunately. The banning of the headscarf is not limited to Muslim women – this is to ensure that people in France are identifiable wherever they are – no matter who they are or what their ethnicity is.

  7. Imran on September 2, 2010 11:20 am

    Sarkozi is a lucky one you think?? Any guy then in France may consider himself a lucky one taking a hooker overnight…

    Matter here is how long you can afford yourself this “happiness” may last. Being a President
    he surely can afford 24/7 service, but being a PRESIDENT he SHOULD afford more decent First Lady choice so other countries have a respect to France at the end…

    So if France is practicing “identifiable/ selective freedom” (no identification – no freedom!!!) then Iran is practicing a spouse loyalty. If Dubai allowing some alcohol, then Sharjah is very strict on this. Very simple – every state practice their own rules.

    As for freedom – it’s very tricky stuff. Princess Diana was killed for what? For freedomly having an affair outside of marriage? Was queen feeling shame on this or his son needed to free the way to his next marriage?

    Having your shoes dirty, don’t point on someone else’s and don’t even think of smoking on board until you having spare parachute to jump off…

  8. jim on September 5, 2010 2:27 pm

    Yes I think Sarkozy is lucky – his wife is gorgeous. Calling her a “hooker” because your morals are not the same as hers is going a bit far if you ask me. But each to his own (that’s what you call freedom of speech).

    You can practise whatever you want in Iran (if the state allows it). I don’t agree with a lot of the things that take place there – as a result, I have no intention of ever visiting. Since you feel the same about France’s policies, maybe you should do the same; don’t visit = problem solved.

    I’m not sure I understand the relevance of Princess Di… but as far as the reasons for her dying – she died because her driver was drunk behind the wheel and lost control of the car.

    Shoes? Pointing? Pot calling the kettle black mean anything to you? As for parachutes and smoking, thanks for the advice – I’ll try to remember that next time I fly anywhere.

  9. Miss Anne Thropic on September 5, 2010 3:30 pm

    Imran, are you for real? Even if your wife cheats on you, that is no reason for her to be executed? Get a divorce and move on with your life if that has happened to you.

    And the comments on Princess Si are just bizarre.

    As for Carla Bruni, I think she is an interesting and beautiful woman. If you don’t like erotic pictures of her, nobody is forcing you to look at them. And most sites with such pictures are blocked in the UAE anyway, so I am not sure how you’re accessing them. Unless you are going out of your way to get around proxy servers and seek out such pictures.

  10. Andrew on September 5, 2010 6:12 pm

    Imran is clearly on a wind-up, no one could be this stupid. Well played mate, had me in stitches.

  11. Miss Anne Thropic on September 19, 2010 3:44 pm

    If he lives in the UAE, I say it is perfectly possible he is that stupid…


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