Sunday, January 06, 2008

Iran: Cut off the hands of thieves...

Sharia law coming to a country near you soon. Hands and feet of 5 Iranian convicts cut off as punishment. (h/t Weasel Zippers)

The right hand and left foot of five Iranian convicts have been amputated in south-eastern Iran, ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

The five were convicted of armed robbery, hostage-taking and shooting at police officers. Their punishment was carried out in the presence of a medical team in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan- Baluchestan province, after their initial sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Amputation of hands and feet is one of the punishments under the Islamic laws implemented in Iran, mainly in the case of armed robberies, but there have been no reports of amputations in recent years.

Sura 5:38 Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done—a deterrent from God: God is almighty and wise.