An Iranian man had an ear and an eye removed to pay retribution for his crime.
The man, known as Hamid poured acid over victim Davoud Roshanaei causing him to lose an eye and an ear.
The incident happened in Qom, 80 miles south west of Tehran, in August 2009.
Iran Human Rights said: “Iranian authorities have shown yet another side of their brutality and inhumane practice.
“Medical staff who cooperate with the Iranian authorities in this act have broken the Hippocratic oath and cannot call themselves doctors.”
It is not known if doctors took out the eye or if the savage act was carried out by the victim – his right under qesas. Iranian newspaper Hamshahri reported that the man had been hired by the relatives of his victim’s wife. Meanwhile, the punishment of another Iranian man, who was sentenced to being blinded and made deaf in a similar “retribution-in-kind” punishment that was also due to be implemented on 3 March, has been postponed until next month.
Amnesty International’s Iran Researcher Raha Bahreini said: “Punishing someone by deliberately blinding them is an unspeakably cruel and shocking act. “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.”
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