Bruni ‘should die’ for stoning stance

AN Iranian newspaper said yesterday 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 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”.

Yesterday, it returned to the subject, criticising Bruni’s “illicit relationships with various people” and blaming her for causing Sarkozy’s divorce.

“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.

Ashtiani, a mother of two, has received 99 lashes. The stoning has been suspended pending review.


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