Iranian authorities gouge out prisoner’s eye 


March 5, Tehran: A prisoner in Iran, had his eye gouged out by the authorities as a part of his punishment for an acid attack.

According to a daily newspaper,  the man was not identified and it is still not clear whether the blinding operation was conducted  by medical staff or if it was done off hand.

Reports state that, this prisoner was convicted for an acid attack leading to blindness in one eye and loss of one ear of another man identified as Davoud Roushanaei.He was sentenced to blindness in both eyes, payment of “Diyeh” (blood money) and 10 years in prison. Blindness of the right eye was postponed according to the report.

Iran Human rights (IHR) has strongly condemned the barbaric punishment by the Iranian authorities. ” Iranian authorities have shown yet another side of their brutality and barbaric practice. Lack of condemnation by the international community is a sign of accept for such barbaric acts”, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR, said.

He further added that medical staff who cooperate with the Iranian authorities in this act have broken the Hippocratic oath and cannot call themselves doctors.

However, while everything was ready for implementation of the blinding, Davoud Roshanaei agreed to postpone the sentence until the first month of the Iranian news year starting on March 20. 

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