Iranian authorities cut off hand of thief

Critics say amputations hurt Iran`s image and reflect badly on Islam.

Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 15:35 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s state radio is reporting that authorities have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners in the central city of Yazd.

The report did not identify the 32-year-old convict by name or provide details on his crime.

Iran`s judiciary uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences. Cutting off the hands of thieves has been rare in Iran in the past, but Sunday`s amputation was the second this month. And a week ago, a judge ordered the same punishment for a man who stole from a candy shop.

Critics say amputations and public executions and floggings hurt Iran`s image and reflect badly on Islam.
A death-by-stoning sentence for a woman convicted of adultery has also sparked an international outcry.

Bureau Report