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A man will be punished by dripping acid into his eyes in Tehran on Saturday May 14- Norway condemns the punishment

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A man will be punished by dripping acid into his eyes in Tehran on Saturday May 14- Norway condemns the punishment

Iran Human Rights, May 12: Acid will be dripped into the eyes of an Iranian man sentenced by a court in Tehran to qesas (retribution) on Saturday May 14th.

According to reports from the Iranian media Majid Movahedi who was sentenced to retribution by blindness in both eyes after he in 2004 blinded Ameneh Bahrami, the woman who spurned his marriage proposals, will be punished at Dadgostari hospital of Tehran on Saturday. According to these reports Ameneh herself is going to drip acid into Majid’s eyes and there will be specialists present to conduct the punishment if Ameneh denies doing so.

 

A court in the Iranian capital Tehran sentenced Majid to "blindness in both eyes" by dripping ten drops of sulphuric acid into his eyes, in November 2008.

The sentence was approved by the Iranian Supreme Court in February 2009.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemned what he called a barbaric and grotesque punishment and said:”The international community must not let this barbaric punishment happen". He added:”Leaders of the Iranian regime should be held responsible for the barbaric and grotesque punishment of dripping acid in Majid’s eyes. By letting Ameneh conduct the punishment the Iranian authorities want to put the blame for this inhumane act on her shoulder".

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam asked the doctors to denie taking part in the barbaric punishment and said that by doing so they will be breaking their professional oath.

Commenting the discriminatory laws against the women in Iran, Amiry-Moghaddam said:”By being a woman, Ameneh is also a victim of the Iranian regime’s gender apartheid politics. Iranian authorities encourage violence against the women. According to the Iranian laws a woman who is not covered properly can be lashed up to 74 times, so the authorities are also responsible for the growing violence against the women in the Iranian society, as in Ameneh’s case".

Norway condemns the punishment:

Norwegian government condemned the punishment of dripping acid in the eyes.

State Secretary Ms. gry Larsen,said in a statement:
- Blinding with acid is a cruel punishment procedure that is not worthy of a civilized society, ".

The statement says: Punishment method is clearly a violation of both Iran’s international obligations, including the prohibition against torture. The fact that the victim himself to carry out the punishment in violation of the principle that criminal conduct is the state’s responsibility. The doctors attending the punishment is also a clear violation of medical ethics principles. It is not known to be blinding with acid has been used as a method of punishment in the past.

- We will strongly encourage Iran to stop the implementation of such an inhuman punishment, "says the State secretary Larsen.

Background:

Majid Movahedi is convicted of pouring acid on the face of Ameneh Bahrami (27), a girl with whom he allegedly wished to marry. This happened in 2004.

As a result of the injuries Ameneh lost the sight on one eye and most of the sight on the other eye. Ameneh has been going through several surgical operations on her face and eyes.

In 2008, a court in Tehran sentenced Majid to eye for eye retribution. He was sentenced to lose the sight in both his eyes as well as economic compensation to Ameneh.

Iranian Supreme Court approved the sentence in February 2009. According to the sentence issued by the court, ten drops of acid sulphuric will be dripped into each of Majid’s eyes!

The punishment will be conducted on Saturday May 14th.