MP’S urgent call for action to prevent execution of Sakineh Ashtiani

Today, 3rd November 2010, Valerie Vaz MP (Lab,Walsall South) raised in the House of Commons, the imminent execution of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran.  Responding  to reports that Mrs Ashtiani may be executed as soon as today, Valerie Vaz MP raised an urgent Point of Order in the House of Commons, asking the Speaker John Bercow if he was aware of any statements being issued by the Prime Minister or the Foreign Secretary regarding this critical situation.

Valerie Vaz MP said: “I am gravely concerned to hear reports that despite the outcry around the world, Sakineh Ashtiani’s execution is imminent, and may take place today.”

 “I raised this issue with the Prime Minister in a question on the 15th September and in a letter to him on the 18th October.  I am calling on the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary William Hague to make urgent representations to the President of Iran to prevent this execution.  The Speaker informed the House that he was not aware of any statements by the Prime Minister or Foreign Secretary.  I will be looking into other ways to raise this issue with both our Government and the Iranian Government as soon as possible.”