Iran Prosecutor-General: “Unfortunate” That Iran Is Not Amputating More People’s Hands

Iran Prosecutor-General: “Unfortunate” That Iran Is Not Amputating More People’s Hands

Published by on January 22, 2019

Iran’s Prosecutor-General has expressed regret on Wednesday that not enough people in his country are being punished for crimes with blinding or amputations because the country is trying to avoid international condemnation from human rights bodies or foreign governments.

In comments carried by the Fars News Agency, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said: “Based on Quran, God, the passionate and merciful has categorically ruled that the hands of a man or a woman if proved guilty of theft should be amputated… Unfortunately, so as not be condemned on human rights issues in the United Nations, we have abandoned some of the divine laws.”

He then said that the Government should not be scared of international protests against these brutal punishments because the mullahs are following Sharia law and even tried to claim that a rise in robberies was linked to not using amputations as a punishment in enough cases, rather than the dire economic situation.


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