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Iran court ridiculed for sentencing man to jail, lashes for stealing cashews

Illustrative: A bowl of cashew nuts. (etiennevoss/iStock)
Illustrative: A bowl of cashew nuts. (etiennevoss/iStock)

An Iranian court has sentenced a man to 10 months in prison and 40 lashes for stealing three packs of cashews, Fars news agency reports.

The conservative news agency describes the verdict as surprising and points to the “disproportion between the sentence and the crime committed.”

It calls on the judiciary to “explain or correct” the ruling against the 45-year-old father of three.

The judiciary’s Mizan Online agency announces the formation of a “special commission” in Qom province to study the issue of the “proportionality of the offense.” It does not specify where the trial took place.

The commission “will try to use all legal abilities to reduce the sentence,” Mizan Online says.

It adds that the offender had “been sentenced to one year in prison for theft in 2019, but his sentence had been suspended due to the return of the stolen goods.”

The latest ruling draws ridicule on social media, with many drawing a comparison with the classic Victor Hugo novel “Les Miserables.”

“Nearly 160 years after the publication of Les Miserables… the Jean Valjeans continue to be condemned,” one user writes, referring to the ex-convict depicted in the book.

Fars explains that the sentence is final because it has not been appealed. It does not disclose the name or location of the convicted man.

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