Iran Officials Reportedly Unveil Device to Amputate Thieves’ Fingers


iran-theif-finger-cutterIran has purportedly unveiled its latest method of punishing convicted criminals – a rudimentary machine that amputates the fingers of thieves.

The images, which were released last week by Iran’s ISNA news service, depict three masked officials holding the convicted man’s right hand in a vice as another turns the guillotine much like a rotary saw. The unidentified prisoner had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday.

The man – whose face is expressionless, suggesting he may have been drugged – was also sentenced to three years in prison and 99 whip lashes in addition to losing his fingers on one hand, France 24 reports.

Ali Alghasi, the Shiraz district’s public prosecutor, announced following the public amputation that sentences doled out to convicted criminals will become increasingly severe.

Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam, a spokesman for Iran Human Rights, said public executions tend to increase in frequency near elections in the Islamic state.

“We have noticed that the authorities have recently being making more and more publicity surrounding cases of corporal punishment,” Amiry-Mohghaddam told France 24. “Every time we get closer to an election, the number of these incidents increases. And we’re getting quite close to the presidential election [slated for June]. I believe this is a strategy to instill fear in the population so as to avoid any protests.”

Two thieves were hanged in public in Tehran on Jan. 20. They had been caught on video robbing a man of the equivalent of $26 at knifepoint.

Under Iran’s penal code, amputation, whipping and death by stoning are legal forms of punishment.

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  1. Am az panim…
    If this is what they do to their own, I’m scared to imagine what they may chas v’shalom do if an Israeli is caught by them. Hashem yishmor

  2. I bet the same people amputating fingers run organizations like “Save The Seals” and “Iranians Against Pollution”.(just a thought)Seriously though,how can anyone live with themselves after even watching that– let alone executing it??
    I will never understand cruelty of any kind as long as I live.

  3. But the big story in the Middle East is still Israeli “mistreatment” of Palestinians.

    I’m sure the Iranian people would be happy to trade…

  4. 2 thoughts:

    I don’t want to know what the other party got.
    And according to Michael Medved this was aired on Al Jazeera, which according to VP Gore has some great coverage of the global warming crisis. (Good going Matt Lauer, on that interview. Seriously.)


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