Iranian regime severs hand and foot of prisoner

Iranian regime severs hand and foot of prisoner

Published by on August 5, 2015

Iran-amputationThe Iranian regime amputated the right hand and left foot of an inmate in a prison in Mashhad, northeast Iran on Monday 3 August.

The inmate only identified as Rahman K. was accused of committing a bank robbery along with an associate, and 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 in addition to amputations. It is not clear if and when the amputation of the other inmate has taken place.

On 28 June the regime amputated the fingers of two prisoners in the same prison in Mashhad. State media reported that the two men had been convicted of theft.

Amnesty International condemned the amputation of the fingers of the two Iranian prisoners. “These brutal punishments flagrantly violate international law and there is no place for them in the criminal justice system. The punishment of amputation is torture, a crime under international law,” Amnesty International said in a statement on 1 July.

In May 2015 a high ranking cleric, the representative of the regime’s Supreme Leader in Hormozgan province (southern Iran), called for more amputations to be carried out. While visiting Mashhad, Ghulam-Ali Naeem Abadi said: “Security would be restored in society by amputating a few fingers; why then are such punishments not being fully implemented?”

In 2013, the Iranian regime unveiled a terrifying device which it uses to chop off fingers. The device, like those in grisly horror movies, operates as a circular saw cutting prisoners’ fingers.

Since Hassan Rouhani took office as president of the clerical regime on 4 August 2013, more than 1,800 people have been executed and hundreds more have been subjected to degrading and inhumane punishments such as amputation, flogging in public and being paraded in streets. The international community and human rights activists must endeavour to stop this horrifying ‘murder machine’ masked as a ‘moderate’.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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