prisoner in Ghezelhesar Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, has been transferred to a jail in northwest Iran where he is to have his fingers amputated as punishment for theft.

The man, named Yousef Parvaneh, was transferred to a prison in Urmia in the north-western province of Western Azerbaijan, for the amputation sentence to be carried out.

An informed source told: “The case of finger amputation is related to a theft charge in 2008 in which Yosef Parvaneh was released on bail in 2010 but he was then arrested and transferred to Ghezelhesar Prison in 2011 due to another crime. He was transferred to Urmia for a month and was handed down the sentence of finger amputation by the branch 1 law enforcement court.”

The source also said that the sentence was issued in absentia and Yousef Parvaneh has “appealed” the court ruling, but since one of the complainants is the brother of one of the city’s influential military officials, the sentence is likely to be confirmed.