Authorities amputate hand of convicted thief in Iran — report
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Authorities amputate hand of convicted thief in Iran — report

Iranian judiciary uses strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences

Illustrative: Pro-government demonstrators gather at the Massoumeh shrine in Iran's holy city of Qom on January 3, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Mohammad ALI MARIZAD)
Illustrative: Pro-government demonstrators gather at the Massoumeh shrine in Iran's holy city of Qom on January 3, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Mohammad ALI MARIZAD)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A semi-official news agency reported Friday that authorities in Iran have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in a prison in the country’s northeast.

The report from the ISNA news agency said one hand of the 34-year-old convict identified only as Ali was cut off by “guillotine” in a prison in Mashhad, some 550 miles northeast of the capital Tehran.

It said the convict was immediately sent to a hospital for treatment.

The Thursday report said Ali was detained in 2011 for allegedly stealing sheep, jewelry and motorbikes.

Iran’s judiciary uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences. Cutting off the hands of thieves, however, has been rare in recent years.

Critics say amputations, public executions and floggings hurt Iran’s image.

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