Ossur Skarphedinsson, Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has extended an offer of asylum on behalf of the Icelandic state to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman on death row in Iran.
The minister made his offer in a speech to Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday. Skarphedinsson told parliament that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made progress in recent times to get involved more in the cases of individuals in the international spotlight; like Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran.
According to Skarphedinsson, he brought up Ashtiani’s case at the United Nations general assembly and has requested discussions with Iran over the possibility of offering her asylum in Iceland. It is not known how the Iranians responded.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted in her homeland to be stoned to death after a court found her guilty of adultery. She has been in prison since 2006 and her sentence has been delayed for an unknown length of time, Visir.is reports.