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Feb 22, 2017
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Three teenagers are sentenced to have four fingers amputated from their right hand for theft in Iran


Iran has sentenced three teenagers to have four fingers amputated each as a punishment for stealing.

Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafian and Mehdi Shahivand, whose exact ages are not known, were handed the punishment on Thursday after a failed attempt to appeal.

They were originally tried on November 2 last year on four counts of robbery at a court in the city of Urmia, in northern Iran close to the border with Turkey.

The trio have been in jail since their trial, and are still being held as a date for the punishment to be carried out has not been set.

Iran has not released any details about the crimes.

Nargess Tavalossian, a legal analyst for Iran International TV, said: 'Amputation as a form of punishment is rare in Iran.

'To have this type of punishment there are 14 rules that all need to apply for the judge to order an amputation.

'Judges usually avoid issuing such punishment by saying that 13 out of the 14 rules are met and amputation is therefore not required.'

The rules include that the property has to be valued over a certain amount, that it has to be taken from a secure space, and that it cannot be government property or taken during a famine - otherwise the punishment does not apply.

Such punishment is also rare against teenagers, but the appeal court ruled that adolescents are not protected from the law.

Iran's penal code is based on a strict interpretation of Sharia law, which for first time thieves calls for 'amputation of the full length of four fingers of the right hand of the thief in such a manner that the thumb and palm of the hand remain.'

Second offenders face 'amputation of the left foot in such a manner that half of the sole and part of the place of anointing [during religious ceremonies] remain.'


For third and fourth-time offenders, the law proscribes life imprisonment and the death penalty, respectively.

It is not clear how many people are subjected to amputation each year in Iran, since the regime keeps most cases secret to avoid international backlash.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International confirmed at least two dozen amputations in the country between 2008 and 2015.

In a report on Iran's justice system, Amnesty International said: 'Amputation is torture plain and simple, and administering torture is a crime under international law.

'As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture in all circumstances and without exception.

'Those responsible for ordering and executing such practices should know that they are liable to criminal prosecution under international law.'



May 6, 2013
The Iranian regime has no shame. Sickening!
Should they instead finance their imprisonment with state funds that could be better utilized assisting the law abiding poor and sick?

Well I guess they could be made to do community service to pay not only for the goods they stole but also cover the costs of the trial along with additional compensation to the people they stole from.

However, I'm pretty sure American journalists will then write articles about forced labour camps and state slavery in Iran.
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Jan 5, 2015
In Saudi Arabia, state cut the neck, it's a more effective way to avoid future robberies.

It's ridiculous this kind of news in western massmedia to demonize Iran, when our "allies" of GCC do the same and worst things.
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