Hands of five people were amputated in Iran today

July 22, 2010, 9:04 p.m.

Iran Human Rights, July 22: Iranian authorities amputated the hands of five people inside a prison in the western city of Hamedan today July 22., reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.

They were all convicted of robbery according to the report.

The local judiciary official Akbar Biglari said to the news agencies: “The average age of the five thieves on whom the hand amputation verdict was carried out was over 25 and they had committed major thefts”.

Biglari added "normally the amputations are supposed to take place in public, but since the enemies of islam take advantage of this kind of (punishments) to present islam as a violator of the human rights amputations are not carried out in public".

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights condemned todays amputations and said:" We strongly condemn today’s barbaric amputations by the Iranian regime in Hamedan, and we ask the world community to condemn these crimes".