Iran this week amputated the fingers of a man convicted of robbery using a guillotine, Amnesty International said on Friday, denouncing “unspeakably cruel punishment.”
“Amputation is judicially sanctioned torture and therefore a crime under international law”
Pouya Torabi, in his 30s, was rushed to a hospital immediately after his fingers were cut off on July 27 in the presence of several officials and a doctor at Tehran’s Evin prison, the Tehran-based NGO said. London.
On May 31, Iranian authorities also amputated the fingers of another convict, Sayed Barat Hosseini, without anesthesia, according to Amnesty.
“Amputation is judicially sanctioned torture and therefore a crime under international law. All those who participated in the ordering or application of this corporal punishment must be prosecuted in fair trials,” said Diana Eltahawy, Deputy Director of Amnesty for the Middle East and North Africa.
The sentences punishable by amputation in Iran involve cutting off four fingers of the right hand, according to the Iranian penal code.
According to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, Iranian authorities have amputated the fingers of at least 131 men since January 2000.
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