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U.S. condemns Iran's planned execution of woman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned reported plans by Iran to execute a woman accused of adultery whose case has provoked a world outcry.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was originally sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Human rights groups said Iranian authorities now plan to hang her on a charge of murder on Wednesday.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the government of Iran’s apparent plans to move forward in executing Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani,” the White House said in a statement.

“The lack of transparency and due process in Ms. Ashtiani’s case, and the subsequent actions taken against her lawyer and family, are unacceptable,” the statement said.

The White House said the case showed a “fundamental disregard for human rights” by Tehran.

Writing by Caren Bohan; editing by Mohammad Zargham