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The amputation passed off at a jail in northern Iran

Amnesty Worldwide has condemned Iranian authorities for chopping off the fingers of a person convicted of theft.

The rights group mentioned the amputation, carried out at a jail within the northern province of Mazandaran, was “an abhorrent type of torture”.

Iranian officers mentioned the person was discovered responsible of 28 circumstances of theft.

Iran’s Islamic penal code says theft “on the primary event” is punishable by the amputation of 4 fingers of the fitting hand.

Iranian authorities have defended amputation as one of the best ways to discourage theft regardless of protests by worldwide human rights organisations.

Nonetheless, reviews of such punishments are uncommon.

Saleh Higazi, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Center East and North Africa, mentioned in a press release on Thursday that the premeditated “maiming and mutilation of people just isn’t justice”.

“It’s a harrowing assault in opposition to human dignity. Reforms to Iran’s penal code that may put an finish to this outrageous follow are lengthy overdue.”

The Iranian judiciary’s information company Mizan mentioned the sentence had been carried out on Wednesday within the capital of Mazandaran, Sari. The convicted man was not named.

Iran is an Islamic republic and its authorized system relies on a strict studying of Sharia legislation.

In January 2018 authorities in north-eastern Iran amputated the hand of a 34-year-old man convicted of stealing sheep.

Related punishments have been meted out in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Somalia.

Iranian authorities have been extensively criticised by rights teams final yr for flogging a person who was convicted of consuming alcohol as a teen greater than 10 years earlier.

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In February this yr the US and human rights teams expressed anger after Iran executed two teenage boys for rape.

Amnesty mentioned on the time that Iran had executed almost 100 juvenile offenders since 1990 – the best variety of any nation.