Acid-Thrower in Iran to Have Eyes Gouged Out
Critics say human-rights abuses are escalating in Tehran justice system
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2014 2:29 PM CST
File photo from a Tehran courtroom.   (AP Photo/ILNA,Houshang Hadi)

(Newser) – A state-run newspaper in Iran reports that a sadistic criminal will get a sadistic punishment. An Iranian court has ruled that a man who poured acid on a girl's face will have his eyes gouged out, says the report in Shraq, as noted by the opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran. The ruling also orders that the criminal's nose and right ear be cut off as punishment for blinding and disfiguring his victim.

The NCRI calls the punishment "inhuman" and says it is another example of human rights abuses going unchecked in the country, even under new President Hasan Rouhani. Haaretz takes note of another punishment last month in which a court ordered that a man's hand and foot be cut off for an unspecified crime. Meanwhile, the number of executions this year in Iran already has hit about 90, prompting the UN human rights office to call for a moratorium.

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Mar 7, 2014 4:40 PM CST
I've said all I can think of re this issue. In parting, I wanted to share something with you all from the 73rd Psalm. "Such are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I perceived their end. "Truly, you set them in slippery places, you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment,swept away utterly by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; on awaking, you despise their phantoms! ...Indeed, those who are far from you will perish; you put an end to those who are false to you. *** "Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. ...for me, it is good to be near God. ...My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." ***How many of those horrible people have you seen come to a truly nice end? Don't believe everything you see. How about those glamorous people getting cut down by drugs? We read about that a lot, don't we? Oh, and thanks, Jeff, for supplying the full poem about "pie in the sky". I always wanted to know that one. Toodle-oo to everyone.
Mar 6, 2014 11:51 AM CST
will they be doing it with anaesthetic...?
Mar 6, 2014 8:13 AM CST
I have a feeling he won't be throwing acid anymore.