Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves’ fingers

One of Iran’s official press agencies published photos showing the public amputation of a thief's fingers on Wednesday. These show a man getting his finger chopped off with a machine resembling a rotary saw.
WARNING: These images may shock viewers.
We contacted many of our Observers in Iran to ask them about this machine. Some of them had heard about it before, but many discovered its existence through these morbid photographs, which were reportedly taken on Thursday. According to the INSA press agency, the man shown getting his finger cut off was charged with robbery and adultery by a court in the southwestern city of Shiraz. He was also accused of being at the head of a criminal organisation. On top of losing his fingers on one hand, he was sentenced to three years in prison and 99 whip lashes.
No independent witnesses were able to recount the circumstances under which this amputation took place. Four photos of the scene published by the press agency were widely relayed on social media networks. Strangely enough, the man’s face did not betray any signs of suffering in the photos, though it is possible that he might have been drugged.
"Publishing these photos is a way to instil fear in the population so as to avoid any protests"
Contacted by FRANCE 24, the spokesperson for Iran Human Rights, Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam, who is based in Norway, explains: “What is surprising about this is that not only was this a public amputation, but that photos of it were distributed by official press agencies, and that they showed a machine that we had until yet never seen images of. We have noticed that the authorities have recently being making more and more publicity surrounding cases of corporal punishment. Every time we get closer to an election, the number of these incidents increases. And we’re getting quite close to the presidential election [slated for June]. I believe this is a strategy to instil fear in the population so as to avoid any protests.
Following the amputation, Ali Alghasi, Shiraz’s public prosecutor, announced that sentences against criminals would become increasingly severe, without explaining why.
On January 20, two thieves were hanged in public in Tehran. They had been caught thanks to video filmed by a street surveillance camera that showed them robbing a man at knifepoint. They had stolen the equivalent of 20 euros.
Amputation, whipping, and even death by stoning are all legal forms of punishment under Iran’s Islamic penal code.



This is unacceptable to God and even man, God will not forgive any Government , nation and individual that does thisact

Eye for an eye. I love this

Eye for an eye. I love this stuff. Imagine public executions in America. Guaranteed less serious crimes.

i am not to sure but if i

i am not to sure but if i remember correctly there is a commandment about stealing. oh yeah, it is thou shall not steal.

But is okay for them to steal

But is okay for them to steal whats yours or even kill one of your love one. Then what? what is it that you want for them to do? What is the right punishment for them to stop what they do best?

If we had one of these in

If we had one of these in Westminster Parliament, can you imagine what it would look like when they had a count of Hands on Voting for an issue. All there would be, would be a show of Stumps!.

hands off !

Provided you are well aware of the penalty you risk I don't see that any punishment is unjust. Besides, mercy is enshrined in Islamic law and frequently exercised. It is probably true that the US/Israel inspired sanctions Iran endures have created shortages that tempt larger numbers to steal.

That's right,,,it's all our

That's right,,,it's all our fault

so he gets his fingers cut

so he gets his fingers cut off for being a thief, what does he get cut off for being an adulterer?

Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves' fingers

This is the way rapists in India must also be punished. Unless such vevere pounishments are meted out for equally severe crimes, there will be no peace in the society.

...lower for adultery

... and for adultery presumably the machine could be moved downwards to below the waist for other pertinent amputations. Total barbarism.