Sunday, October 24, 2010

Iran: Thief hand cut off in front of other inmates

Other Muslim nations must be so jealous!! The Maldives Ministry of Islamic Affirs. was also calling for amputations for theft!!

There will be some newspaper like the Guardian UK or Salon who would put a good spin on this aspect of Shari'a, for us.

(UKPA) – Authorities in Iran have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio is reporting.

The report did not identify the 32-year-old convict, whose hand was reportedly cut off in the central city of Yazad, or provide details of his crime.

Iran's judiciary uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences. Cutting off the hands of thieves has been rare in the past, but the amputation was the second this month.

A week ago, a judge ordered the same punishment for a man who stole from a sweet shop.

Critics say amputations, public executions and floggings hurt Iran's image and reflect badly on Islam.

A death-by-stoning sentence for a woman convicted of adultery has also sparked an international outcry.