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Brazil president-elect speaks against Iran stoning

In this photo released by Brazil's Presidency, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, shakes hands with Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff after a meeting at the Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Stuckert, Brazil's Presidency)
In this photo released by Brazil's Presidency, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, shakes hands with Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff after a meeting at the Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Stuckert, Brazil's Presidency) (Ricardo Stuckert - AP)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 3:12 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil's president-elect says it would be "barbaric" if a woman in Iran were executed for adultery.

Dilma Rousseff did not say what she would do about the planned stoning after she takes office on Jan. 1, but Brazilian officials have tried to use their friendly ties with Iran to influence the case.

In August, Brazil offered to take in the woman if her life were spared. Iran rejected the offer.

There has been a world outcry over the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, convicted in 2006 of adultery.

Rousseff said Wednesday that Brazil will continue its policy of dialogue with all nations, regardless of what stance the U.S. or Europe might take.

Rousseff was elected last weekend as Brazil's first female president.


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