Monday, December 13, 2010

An Iranian man has been sentenced to have drops of acid poured onto his face for blinding his lover's husband

Iran’s Islamic code allows for "an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth" retribution - known as qisas - in cases of violent crime. The convict, named only as Mojtaba, threw acid in the face of his rival Alireza, a taxi driver, after an illicit affair with the victim’s wife, Mojdeh. All three are 25 and live in Qom, Iran’s clerical nerve center 60 miles south of the capital, Tehran. The grotesque penalty was passed by a lower court and upheld by Iran’s supreme court, a government daily, Iran, has reported. The Qom prosecutor, Mostafa Barzegar Ganji, said the victim had used his right to qisas.

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