Eye for An Eye: Iranian Supreme Court Upholds Sentence To Pour Acid In Eyes of Defendant

We have been following the grotesque sentencings handed down under Sharia law’s medieval principle of “an eye for an eye,” including the recent variation of a spine for a spine. One such case previously discussed involved an Iranian court ordering that acid be dropped in the eyes of an Iranian man after he blinded the husband of his lover. Now, that sentence has been reviewed and upheld by Iran’s highest courts as perfectly proper under Sharia law.

In Iran, the “an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth” principle is called “qisas” and the victim can withdraw the demand if the accused pays the “blood money” that they demand. This is all enforced by Iran’s “courts.”

The man is identified in these papers only as Mojtaba, and he allegedly threw acid in the face of Alireza, a taxi driver, after an illicit affair with the victim’s wife, Mojdeh. The crime occurred in Iran’s religious center, the city of Qom.

Iran’s supreme court agreed with Qom’s prosecutor, Mostafa Barzegar Ganji, that this is what is demanded by the Koran (Qu’ran).

In a bizarre effort to appear moderate, the prosecutors noted that they intend to enlist “forensic specialists to oversee the blinding by acid.

Notably, in the Saudi case, two hospitals refused to carry out the surgery to sever the spine of the man (and issue of medical ethics that we discussed at the time of the sentencing). It is not clear if the sentence was carried out.

In Egypt, however, surgeons did remove one eye in punishment for an acid attack.

Just one more example of the dangers of the lack of separation between church and state.

Source: Daily Mail

Jonathan Turley

40 thoughts on “Eye for An Eye: Iranian Supreme Court Upholds Sentence To Pour Acid In Eyes of Defendant”

  1. The real question is: would Antonin Scalia consider the Iranian sentence cruel and unusual punishment?

  2. I’ve seen firsthand the brutality and ugliness of which our government is capable. As I told a friend this morning, there isn’t any way that I can turn or twist this, and see a healthy outcome — what’s going on can’t be good for any of us.

    Someone either has what it takes to expose what our government is doing domestically or, in the long run, we’re all screwed…

  3. Mespo,
    could your blood money comment be the approach that Halliburton is using in Nigeria to prevent Darth Cheney from being prosecuted?

  4. The Swedes have appealed the bail and the appeal will be heard in the high court in the next 48 hours. I am not commenting on the truth or falsity of the rape allegations but I am commenting that this appeal is likely driven by the US. Bail was an incredible amount in cash plus and electronic monitor plus surrender of the pass port, plus staying at a specific address.

    We have seen the US put pressure on one nation after another to get its way. There is every indication that the US wants to indict Assange. Too bad the govt. just can’t find time to indict actual war and financial criminals, just those who expose them. Those who commit them are guaranteed a job with the govt., no questions asked.

    And I agree anon nurse, there is nothing I put past this govt., nothing.

  5. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.”
    – Luke 12:2-3

    We know who is his father.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6sj89xgnl4&fs=1&hl=en_US]

  6. Jill,

    Thanks for the additional information.

    You said, “Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald has mentioned again that a story on the torture of Bradley Manning should be coming out. This govt. has not stopped torture in Gitmo or Bagram so I am unsurprised that it would torture Manning.”

    I’m not a bit surprised, either. Our government’s “torture” program is fairly broad… and is playing out domestically… But who would believe it…

    The following is found on Daniel Ellsberg’s web site:

    “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.”
    – Luke 12:2-3

  7. Hi anon nurse,

    Yes, but he will be in jail a few more days. The prosecution has time to appeal the bail grant and they have to raise the funds for the bail.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald has mentioned again that a story on the torture of Bradley Manning should be coming out. This govt. has not stopped torture in Gitmo or Bagram so I am unsurprised that it would torture Manning.

  8. Thanks, Jill. (Did you hear the Michael Moore and a couple of others have posted bail for Julian Assange?)

  9. This seems like a good place to bring up this news from Glenn Greenwald. All power mongers are cruel. “A major story brewing is the cruel, inhumane treatment – torture – to which Bradley Manning is being subjected: more to come shortly.” (on twitter) It is everyone’s job to peacefully stop that cruelty whenever, wherever it occurs.

  10. mr ed:

    “Yo, Frankie: What’s the sharia punishment for being a serial liar?”

    ***********

    Why, death by Rice Crispie injection ,of course.

  11. According to a certain”expert”we have sharia law here in New Jersey:

    “GAFFNEY: By a whole variety of things, which I‘d love to dedicate a program to you, if you‘d like. Take, for example, the fact that we, as American now citizens, own the largest purveyor of Sharia-compliant insurance products in the world. Did you know that? AIG. Did you know that you‘ve got courts that are deferring to Sharia law?

    MATTHEWS: Who?

    GAFFNEY: In family court matters, for example, a state judge up in New Jersey said a woman who was being systematically raped and brutalized by her husband—”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40557909/ns/msnbc_tv-hardball_with_chris_matthews/

  12. The article seems to suggest that these are symbolic punishments and that few are carried out since the victim can accept “blood money” or extend mercy to the perpetrator. Maybe they realize the wisdom of Gandhi’s observation that an “eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

  13. The saying “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” is misinterpreted as advocating over the top or draconian punishment. really it means the opposite, it means “only an eye for an eye, only a tooth for a tooth”. The normal tendency of humans with power to punish others for crimes against them can be summed up “a head for an eye, an eye for a tooth”.

  14. Here is one more example of what happens when you replace civil law with religious law. Our religous right has been basically calling for Biblical law to replace civil law here. I hope they are reading this story.
    I do wonder if the victim was punished for the adultery that was alleged? What does Sharia law call for in that instance? Burn the eyes out of the acid thrower and cut something else off of the man who had sex with his wife? Wouldn’t the victim also be the criminal under Sharia law? Crazy!

  15. Of course, if these nut-jobs had a nuclear missile, it would be no threat to us… All those black-shrouded women chanting “Death to America” since 1979 are just exercising their lungs.

  16. Sharia Law, this was the same law that was brought to the provincial government a few years ago and I believe the idea was considered. But after reading this wee bit one has to wonder about the intelligence of anyone wanting such laws applied.

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