The prisoners forced to witness the cutting off of the fingers of this prisoner’s hand. He accused of stealing 5 sheep from a member of the Revolutionary Guards.
According to the report of the Iranian Human Rights Society. On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the order to amputate fingers was executed in the central prison of Qom. He accused of stealing five sheep. This was while other prisoners were forced to witness the cutting off of this prisoner’s fingers.
According to the Iranian Human Rights Organization, on July 17, 2023. The order to amputate the fingers of a man named Yousef Ta carried out on charges of stealing five sheep. Yusuf T is 35 years old. He, who born in a deprived family and had a hard life, accused of stealing five sheep belonging to a livestock farm owned by members of the Revolutionary Guards.
According to this prisoner, there is a device in the central prison of Qom. This device amputates the body parts of convicted defendants. Before him, this device used many times and in September 2023, a prisoner’s hand also amputated with this device.
According to this report. At least 7 prisoners in Tehran prison at risk of having their body parts cut off
The interrogation process in the police force and the judiciary is contrary to human rights laws and resolutions. Prisoners severely tortured during detention to force them to confess to crimes they did not commit.
The punishment of amputation is a judicial sentence in Iran
Contrary to international obligations, the sentence of “hand amputation” still implemented in the Islamic Republic as one of the common judicial sentences. According to Article 278 of the Islamic Penal Code, the sentence of amputation issued and executed in Iranian courts for some people accused of theft.
According to this article of Iran’s judicial rulings, “the limit of theft” in the first instance is “cutting off four fingers of the thief’s right hand from the end, so that the thumb and palm remain.” The issuing and execution of the sentence of amputation by the judiciary repeatedly condemned by international human rights defenders as a cruel and inhumane punishment, and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights explicitly prohibits its use.
Condemnation of these actions by Amnesty International
In an urgent statement on August 1, 2023. Amnesty International condemned the execution of the sentence to amputate the fingers of 2 prisoners. Amnesty International also called on the international community to prosecute the heads of government. And the judiciary for issuing these inhuman sentences.
In this statement, Amnesty International asked the countries that support human rights, by applying the principle of universal jurisdiction, to hold government officials responsible for these crimes and subject them to criminal and judicial investigations.
Issuing the sentence to amputate the fingers of those accused of theft, while news of billions of embezzlements, such as Debash tea embezzlement, published on social media daily. The main perpetrators of these embezzlements never prosecuted or punished due to their relationship with IRGC leaders. The embezzlements that have astronomical figures and estimated to be more than the wealth of the world’s big capitalists.
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