UPDATE- An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says that the Brazilian president did not have enough information when he offered asylum to the Iranian women sentenced to death by stoning. “As far as we know, [President Lula] is a very humane and emotional person who probably has not received enough information about the case,” Ramin Mehmanparast said.
“What can be done is to let him know about the details of the case of this person who has committed a crime and has been convicted accordingly,” he added.
Original-Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered Saturday to provide refuge to an Iranian women convicted of adultery. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani , mother of two, was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. The international outcry put pressure on the Iranian government who eventually withdrew the stoning but she could still face execution by hanging.
During a campaign rally for his party’s presidential candidate, Silva appealed to Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “to allow Brazil to grant political asylum to this woman.”
“If she is causing problems there, we will welcome her here,” Silva added, according to Brazil’s official news service, Agencia Brasil.
Brazil has improved relations with Iran recently by working with Turkey on a proposal to aid Iran with its dispute with the West over their nuclear program.