He came, he lied, he chuckled and he accused the West of fabricating a story about Sakinieh Mohamadi Ashtiani's death sentence by stoning. "Stoning does not exist in Iran," said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Those who now callously argue that criticism of the Iranian regime amounts to a preparation for war only serve to provide the regime with the "moral" cover it needs to continue its human rights atrocities.
Iranian authorities have a habit of trying to distract the world from the terrible disregard for human rights in their country, and the recent attack on Bruni in the Iranian Newspaper Kayhan is another example of that policy.
Former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and French first lady Carla Bruni are among the public figures who today published open letters to Iranian death row prisoner Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.