A man was flogged 80 times in Iran, for drinking alcohol 11 years ago, in 2006Published by Tirdad on July 14, 2018
According to Amnesty International, a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was about 14 or 15 years old, more than a decade ago, shows the inhumanity of Iran justice system that legalizes brutality. He was sentenced to 80 times lashes in public.
According to this news, Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars’ belief”.
He also added: “The Iranian authorities’ prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity. They should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging.”
The public flogging took place in Niazmand Square, Kashmar, Razavi Khorasan province, where the man, known just as M. R., was flogged 80 times on his back, on 10 July. Iranian media have published a photo showing the young man tied to a tree as he was flogged by a masked man, with a crowd of people watching at a distance.
According to the prosecutor, the “offence” took place in 2006, when M. R. was about 14 or 15 years old at that time. The flogging sentence was issued in 2007. It is not clear why the sentence was carried out after about 10 years of its issue.