Merciful Female Acid Victim Denied Compensation
Iranian courts decide attacker's pardon cancels payout
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2011 2:50 AM CST
Ameneh Bahrami, who now lives in Spain, was disfigured and blinded by the attack seven years ago.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

(Newser) – After Amenah Bahrami agreed to a pardon, the rejected suitor who blinded her by throwing acid in her face got to keep his eyesight. Now, the Iranian courts have decided that he gets to keep his cash as well. Majid Movahedi, who was minutes away from having acid dropped in his own eyes when Bahrami spared him, has had his sentence commuted to 10 years in prison and is no longer required to pay compensation to his victim, the Independent reports.

Bahrami says she needs the money for plastic surgery, and she felt cheated when authorities told her the pardon meant she would no longer receive compensation. "Even though I agreed to pardon Mr Movahedi, I didn't think I was surrendering my right to compensation," she says. "If Majid Movahedi walks out of prison without paying the compensation money for my eyes, it means I have been subjected to injustice."