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
Acid-Thrower in Iran to Have Eyes Gouged
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. (Read more Iran stories.)

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