Tehran: An Iranian court has condemned a
man convicted of robbing chocolates and cocoa from a Tehran
pastry shop to have a hand chopped off, Fars news agency
reported on Saturday.
Judge Mohammad Reza Giyuki, quoted in the report, also
sentenced the 21-year-old man, whose identity was not
revealed, to six months in prison for damaging the shop and
another six months for "disobeying police".
Fars said police arrested him on May 29 and found in
his possession USD 900 worth of cash, three pair of gloves,
chocolate and cocoa.
The Islamic sharia laws of Iran lay down amputation as
punishment for repeated thefts.
Cases of amputation have been increasing due to a rise
in robberies on the back of growing poverty in Iran. Last
week, Tehran amputated a hand of a man found guilty of two
robberies in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.