TEHERAN - IRAN said on Wednesday that a woman sentenced to death by stoning is in perfect health and that her case is still being reviewed, amid fears her execution was imminent.

Teheran also accused the West of 'shamelessly' trying to pressure it over the case by turning it into a human rights issue.

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani is 'currently in perfect health and is in Tabriz prison. Her case is being reviewed in the court of this province,' said Malek Ajdar Sharifi, head of East Azarbaijan province's justice department.

That was confirmed by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motakki, on a trip to Georgia, who said 'the final verdict is not yet made. This case will be pursued in the framework of the law'.

Exiled Iranian human rights activist Mina Ahadi had triggered a new outcry in the West after voicing fears that Ms Mohammadi-Ashtiani could be executed as early as Wednesday. However, speaking from her base in Germany, she acknowledged that the death sentence against mother-of-two had not been carried out.

'Execution time has now passed, so it won't happen today. But the danger remains and it could still happen at any time,' Ms Ahadi, of the International Committee Against Stoning, told AFP. She said 'some countries have been in contact with Iranian government representatives. It is clear that all this attention played a role,' she added.

'Stoning woman' in perfect health