Press Association: Authorities in Iran have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio is reporting.
The Press Association
Authorities in Iran have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio is reporting.
The report did not identify the 32-year-old convict, whose hand was reportedly cut off in the central city of Yazad, or provide details of his crime.
Iran’s judiciary uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences. Cutting off the hands of thieves has been rare in the past, but the amputation was the second this month.
A week ago, a judge ordered the same punishment for a man who stole from a sweet shop.
Critics say amputations, public executions and floggings hurt Iran’s image and reflect badly on Islam.
A death-by-stoning sentence for a woman convicted of adultery has also sparked an international outcry.