TABRIZ, Iran (AP) - The son of an Iranian woman, whose death sentence by stoning for adultery sparked world outrage, demanded Saturday that his mother's verdict be commuted.
In his first public meeting with journalists, Sajjad Qaderzadeh told reporters in the northwest city of Tabriz that he had been freed on Dec. 12 after posting a $40,000 bail and now wants to devote his life to saving his mother.
"We lost our father and we don't want to lose our mother. We demand that her verdict be commuted," Qaderzadeh told reporters.
He was originally arrested in October after speaking with two German journalists about his mother's case. The Germans were also arrested and remain in custody.
Local officials who organized Saturday's interview had originally told journalists they would meet his mother Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani as well, but then they said the proper procedures had not been followed to give her leave from prison. All the people connected to the case have been in prison in Tabriz.
Several unidentified people, apparently local officials and possibly plainclothes security officers, were present during the interview, which was Qaderzadeh's first with the international press.
It is not clear whether he was ever formally charged, but he said he was arrested because the German journalists broke the law by entering the country on tourist visas and then reporting.
Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 after the murder of her husband and sentenced to death by stoning. In the face of international outrage the sentence has been suspended and is under review by the Supreme Court.