Iran Human RightsIran to use acid to blind and deafen five...

Iran to use acid to blind and deafen five prisoners


Iran Focus

London, 30 May – Five Iranian prisoners are awaiting sentences of blinding or deafening with acid; a punishment allowed under the regime’s fundamentalist law of retribution.

The men are being held in Iran’s notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

Iranian officials are pushing for the sentence to be carried out soon but doctors have so far refused to administer the terrible punishment according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Dr. Sanabargh Zahedi, chair of the Judicial Committee of the NCRI, said: “The inhumane law of retribution (qisas) has been implemented against the Iranian people for the past 37 years. These punishments date back to the medieval ages and show the clerical regime’s reactionary nature. These inhuman punishments are clear violations of all principles and norms of a modern judiciary, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all civil and political covenants. Such punishments undoubtedly constitute a savage form of torture and should be condemned by any freedom-seeking person. The Iranian Resistance and NCRI members have since 1980 condemned the regime’s qisas law as anti-human”.

He added: “According to the logic of the Quran and modern democratic Islam the first principle which applies to the penal code is dynamism. Thus, the Islamic penal provision should be interpreted within the context of social and economic conditions and scientific progress. The clerical regime is centuries away from this logic and as such it is clear that there is no possibility of reform within this regime”.

One of the men awaiting the sentence is Mojtaba Saheli, 31, who was previously blinded in his left eye by the regime.

Mr. Saheli allegedly blinded a taxi driver with acid in 2009 and the court sentenced him to be blinded in both eyes, pay a fine and serve 10 years in prison.

He was blinded in his left eye last year after the horrific punishment was upheld by Iran’s highest court.

Shortly after, Amnesty International released a statement condemning Iran’s cruel treatment.

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran Researcher, said: “This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran’s justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities’ shocking disregard for basic humanity. Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation, and flogging, is a form of corporal punishment prohibited by international law. Such punishments should not be carried out under any circumstances”.

He was told that if he paid further money, he could avoid being blinded for a second time. Until now, no doctor has broken their oath but the regime warns that doctors could change their mind at any time.

The other prisoners awaiting punishment include Fatollah Khojasteh, who is to be blinded in one eye and deafened in one ear with acid and three unnamed prisoners; one sentenced to blinding in one eye, one sentenced to both eyes and one sentenced to blinding in one eye and being made deaf in one ear.


Latest news

A Tsunami of Malnutrition in Iran

The huge class gap in Iran is the result of the Iranian regime’s destructive policies. According to Mohammad Saleh...

Iran’s Regime Punishes People With Poverty To Hide Its Crime

The Iranian regime’s state-run Kayhan daily, the mouthpiece of its supreme leader Ali Khamenei, recently wrote that the regime...

Desperation and Unemployment Are Causing High Suicides Rates Among Youths in Iran

The sharp focus has recently been turned on Iran, once again, because of many bitter events. One such event...

Outcome of Iran Regime’s Corruption, High Number of Deaths in Natural Disasters

Sometimes numbers lose their mathematical meaning and become heralds of disasters. The number of 200 deaths in the village...

Iran Regime’s Oil Revenue Supports Terrorism

On August 2, John Kirby, the US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House, stated...

From Flash Floods to Socioeconomic Crises, Iran’s Regime Leaves Destruction in Its Wake

During the trial of Hamid Noury, one of the Iranian regime’s perpetrators in the 1988 massacre, the victims and...

Must read

Iran’s Desperate Deed Against, Increasing Popularity of MEK

Iran Focus London, 27 Jun - What happened 29 years...

Iran 7th country producing UF6 – atomic official

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 16 – Iran is...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you