Iran amputates hand and foot of 2nd prisoner this week

Iran amputates hand and foot of 2nd prisoner this week

Published by on August 7, 2015

Prisoners-amputationFor the second time this week, Iran’s fundamentalist regime has amputated the right hand and left foot of a prisoner. Authorities in a prison in Mashhad, northeast Iran, amputated the hand and foot of a prisoner named only as Mehdi R. while other prisoners were forced to watch.

The sentenced was carried out one day after another man, identified as Rahman K., had his right hand and left foot severed by the authorities in the same prison, the state-run daily Shahr Ara wrote on Wednesday.

Both men were accused of committing a bank robbery and were charged with “moharebeh,” or “waging war on God.”

According to the state-run daily, Khorasan, both men will continue to serve an extended prison sentence as well.

Also on Tuesday, seven prisoners were hanged in the Iranian cities of Yazd and Rafsanjan.

At least 64 prisoners, including two women, have been executed in Iran, in past two weeks.

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