The prosecutor of Khorasan Razavi Province said that the amputation sentences against some people convicted of robbery are in the implementation phase and awaiting legal formalities.
Mohammad Hossein Daroudi announced the “beginning of a new phase of decisive judicial actions” and without referring to statistics, he said that some of these cases are in the implementation phase, the state-run Khorasan newspaper reported on Thursday.
Daroudi further called “issuing decisive judicial rulings” with the aim of “combating theft and coercion” one of the “main priorities of the judicial system” and a sign of “a sense of security” and emphasized that there will be “no tolerance” in this regard.
Daroudi also asked the judges to issue hand amputation and even death sentences based on the law and Shariah and regardless of “international commotions,” in the case of theft crimes that have 16 conditions for issuing a hadd (hand amputation) sentence.
His staggering remarks on the harrowing amputation of fingers against theft convicts come a few weeks after human rights groups and activists in Iran warned that eight men convicted of theft and currently held at the Greater Tehran Prison are at imminent risk of having their fingers amputated.
There have been confirmed reports that a device recently installed in a room of the clinic at Tehran’s Evin prison was used to conduct at least one amputation last week.
Human rights advocates have long blasted Iran for sentencing convicts to corporal punishments, including amputation and floggings, which violate international laws and amount to torture and cruel treatment.