Despite numerous calls on to stop amputation of prisoners convicted of robbery, Iran has cut off four fingers of a 28-year-old man, with seven more on the list to receive the draconian punishment.
Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Kurdish rights group, reported on Saturday that the convict, identified as Morteza Jalali, was transferred from another prison to Tehran’s Evin prison for the amputation last week.
His fingers were cut off with a guillotine-like device that the prison recently acquired at the infirmary of the detention center.
Iran has amputated fingers of several prisoners during the past few months while authorities said several cases of amputations for robbery are currently at the execution stage, calling on judges not to hesitate to issue death and amputation sentences.
Late in June, the head of the Iranian association of surgeons, Iraj Fazel, called on the judiciary not to allow the amputation of fingers to punish thieves, describing the practice as "worrying and horrifying."
According to Islamic Sharia law, punishment for theft can be amputation of fingers or hands.
Human rights group Amnesty International said late in July that Iranian authorities must be held accountable for amputating the fingers of prisoners. “These amputations are particularly harrowing displays of the Iranian authorities’ contempt for human rights and dignity,” said Diana Eltahawy, a deputy director of the group.