22 July 2010

Iran cuts off hands from five thieves

Iran amputated the hands of five convicted thieves inside a prison in the western city of Hamedan on Thursday, the semi-official ILNA news agency said.

“The average age of the five thieves on whom the hand amputation verdict was carried out was over 25 and they had committed major thefts,” the agency quoted local judiciary official Akbar Biglari as saying.

Biglari said the amputation verdict is not automatic for all those who commit a theft and some 14 criteria should be met before the punishment is carried out. [Reuters - Toronto Sun] Read more