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SMCCDI News Service
January 20, 2001

Hundreds of Iranians showed their anger against Stoning and Capital punishment in a rally hold in Toronto, North York (Canada).

The yesterday demonstration intended to bring the Canadians attention to the fate of a woman sentenced, by the Islamic judiciary, to die by stoning.

Maryam Ayoobi, a 32-year-old woman, is sentenced to die by stoning this
month for having had an extramarital affair and allegedly murdering her husband with the help of her lover, Hossein Asna Ashari, 44, who was sentenced to be hanged.

The protesters filling the Toronto Civic center were carrying placards, such as, “Stop Stoning in Iran” and “Save life in Iran".

Protesters throwed stones to a dummy covered from head to the waist in white sheet, to show in a symbolic action, what will happen to Ayoobi.

In a brief interview, broadcasted on Global TV, a female protester expressed the Iranians deep concerns about the brutal and abusive
treatments implemented by the Islamic Regime against its citizenries over last 22 years.

The News clips broadcasted in Global TV, and CTV indicated a peaceful demonstration.

On January 14, 2001, Canadian officials met with Iran's ambassador in Canada to express concern over the fate of a woman who has been sentenced in Iran to die by stoning. The meeting took place after the Canadian embassy in Tehran confirmed claims by Iranian exile groups in Toronto.

High-ranking Canadian officials met with the Iranian ambassador this week to express Canada's concerns about the sentence, federal spokesperson Marie-Christine Lilkoff said, on January 13, 2001.

``We are deeply concerned with the repeated sentencing of the death penalty, cases of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment in Iran.'' Said likoff.

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