Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has offered asylum to Sakineh Ashtiani, the mother of two initially sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. Unfortunately, her fate still remains uncertain.
Though Ashtiani apparently will not be stoned, she still faces the death penalty for adultery, of which she says she's innocent. Alexei Barrionuevo of the Times reports that da Silva, who has close ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, initially refused to get involved in Ashtiani's case. But then, says an adviser, "He listened to his conscience and was moved by her story." The Guardian quotes da Silva explaining his decision process thus: