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June 16, 2005

Iran: Man sentenced to have eyes gouged out for teenage crime

Topics: Iran

Here's an example of Islamic law that should serve as a warning to the West; ignoring the Islamic threat and it's agenda is certain to result in disasterous societal and cultural changes that few in the West can fathom. But one need only to look at Iran to see how base and archaec life under Islamic law would be like.

- IranPressNews via Free Thoughts
Iran's State Supreme Court has upheld a sentence for a young man's eyes to be gouged out and sprayed with acid, for blinding another man at the age of 16 some 12 years ago.

[Warning: Extremely graphic and disturbing image]


The defendant, only identified by his first name Vahid, was convicted of deliberately pouring acid on the face of another individual by the name of Gholam-Hossein while he worked as a labourer in Tehran when he was 16 years old, though he maintained throughout the trial that the attack was not intentional and that he had only meant to threaten the man because of an earlier scuffle. He said that the lid of the battery which the acid was in accidentally opened.

The phrase "An eye for an eye" is very stringently adhered to in Iran's Islamic law.

The original court ordered for acid to be sprayed on Vahid's face as retribution for his actions, though his lawyer appealed the decision on the grounds that the rest of his face would also be damaged from the acid.

A second court rejected the appeal and instead ordered for Vahid's eyes to be first gouged out by a "qualified surgeon" and then sprayed with acid "so as not to damage the face itself".

The State Supreme Court has ruled for authorities to go ahead with carrying out the punishment, though Vahid's lawyer is presently negotiating with Gholam-Hossein's family to give clemency to his defendant. Vahid has been requested to pay 3 billion Rials ($300,000) as blood-money to forego the punishment however he has stated that he does not have such an amount of money.

Under Iranian law, boys above the age of fifteen are considered as adults and could be convicted of capital offences. Under increasing international pressure for violations of the rights of the child, the Iranian regime keeps convicted children in juvenile prisons and issues court verdicts only after they turn 18 so as to carry out sentences that would have be handed out if the defendants were adults.

Hat tip - Free Thoughts
Cross posted to Freedom's Zone


Posted by Hyscience at June 16, 2005 10:56 PM

The material from Free Thoughts appears to have come from the same original source as the ADMC article "Plucking Eyes" at which recounts the procedure in detail.

The original graphic material is available from sources in the Iranian expatriate community, and is available to the MSM, as are the severed heads images. But they steadfastly ignore that, and rant on about flushed book pages.

Posted by: American Daughter at June 17, 2005 10:48 PM

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