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Foreign Office expresses concern at Ashtiani confession

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The Foreign Office today expressed its concern regarding the televised confession by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani broadcast by Iranian State television on 11 August.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said:

“We were appalled to see the televised confession by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani broadcast by Iranian State television on 11 August. We are deeply concerned by her lawyer’s claim that the confession was a result of torture. We have urged the Iranian authorities to undertake a thorough review of her case and call on them to comply with the international human rights obligations they have independently signed up to”.