Iran: Publicly Lashes Man in a City CentrePublished by Ali on January 9, 2020
International Liberty Association: A man who has been accused as a thief by the Iranian regime was flogged in public on 1 January, 2020, in the city centre of Shahreza, a local state-run website reported.
Shahreza News agency quoted the city’s Revolutionary and Public Prosecutor as saying that the man was sentenced to public flogging for robbery.
“According to a sentence by the Branch 103 of the Shahreza Criminal Court and after confirmation by the higher court, the sentence was carried out”, Amir Hossein Razazadeh, Shahreza prosecutor said.
The Prosecutor said that the 23 year old man was flogged 74 times in the Shohada Square at the city centre.
He said that the Iran authorities would use “all its capacity to maintain security”.
According to the report, the young man had robbed homes and stores since he was a teenager. A picture of the public flogging was also published by the website, showing a small crowd gathered around the man being flogged.
Last January, Iran’s Attorny General said that robbery cases had increased in Iran compared to previous years.
“According to the statistics of the judiciary and the police, unfortunately, robbery is second in terms of crimes in the society,” Montazeri also added that theft accounted for up to 28 percent of all crimes in Iran.
He said that “unemployment” and the “closure of factories” were all effective in the higher numbers.
Around 80% of Iran’s population live under the line of poverty with many Iranian barely able to make ends meet.