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Spate of Executions and Amputations in Iran

Spate of Executions and Amputations in Iran

Country: 
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
News Date: 
11/01/2008
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

Using strict enforcement of Islamic law, the judicial authorities in a restive region of southern  amputated the right hands and left feet of five convicted robbers this week, part of what the government said was an effort to deter other troublemakers. An Iranian rights group led by Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, protested the double amputations, which it called an expansion of cruel punishments in Iran. The group also protested a spate of public executions reported over the past two weeks.