Colorado Newsday - 6 August 2015 - A man has been sentenced to have his eyes gouged out in Iran after damaging the sight of a man during a street fight, it has been reported.
The horrifying ’eye for an eye’ sentence was handed down to a 27-year-old man, referred to only by his first name, Hamed.
It is punishment for unintentionally injuring a man’s eye during a brawl in March 2011, when he was just 23 years old.
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which translated the story from Iran’s official state-run newspaper, Hamad told the court: ’It was around midnight and I was sitting at home when my mother called me and said that my father had gotten into a car accident.
’I rushed to the scene to help my dad, but I really didn’t intend to injure anyone’s eye.’
He was sentenced to eye-gouging in the Iranian regime’s fundamentalist court on August 1.
Following the sentence, Farideh Karimi, a member of the NCRI and a human rights activist, said: ’It is deeply regretful that European governments are not protesting such cases of barbarity in Iran.
’These savage acts which constitute torture are enshrined in the Iranian regime’s laws.
’There has been a steep rise in executions in Iran during (President) Hassan Rouhani’s tenure in the past two years.
’In the past month alone the regime has carried out two hand amputations and issued a sentence for a person’s eyes to be gouged out.’
Yesterday, a man’s right hand and left foot were severed by the authorities, NCRI has claimed. A second prisoner is awaiting the same sentence imminently.
Barbaric: The horrific sentence was handed down in the Iranian regime’s fundamentalist court (archive photo)
Since Hassan Rouhani came to office in 2013, more than 1,800 people have been executed and hundreds more have been subjected to degrading and inhumane punishments such as amputation and flogging in public, NCRI has reported.
In March, an Iranian man who permanently disfigured another in an acid attack received a similar punishment.
The man, only identified as Hamid S., poured acid over victim Davoud Roshanaei in 2005, causing him to lose an eye and an ear.
An Iranian court sentenced him to qesas, ’retribution in kind’ and he had his eye and ear surgically removed at a prison in Karaj.
And last year a judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.