Iranian must pay €2m to avoid blinding sentence

IT will cost an Iranian man convicted of throwing acid in the face of a fellow student €2 million to escape a court-ordered blinding, the Arman newspaper quoted his victim as saying.

“I want two million euro to guarantee my life and my future, and not for treatment,” said Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in the attack in 2004.

“It is only then that I will give up qesas [retributive justice] against Majid, although they said — and I hope it is true — that the sentence will be carried out next week,” she added.

Majid Movahedi was sentenced to be blinded in both eyes in February 2009 after being convicted of throwing acid in the face of university classmate Bahrami, now 33, when she repeatedly spurned his offer of marriage.

The court-ordered blinding of Movahedi was postponed on Saturday.

No official reason was given.

Bahrami — the driving force behind the sentence — had travelled to Tehran, the Iranian capital, from Spain, where she now lives, in the expectation of the sentence being carried out.

Amnesty International had called for a stay of the sentence, which it described as “a cruel and inhuman punishment amounting to torture”.

Iran’s Islamic sharia law provides for eye-for-an-eye style retributive justice, most commonly for murder or for those convicted of intentionally causing physical injury.

Bahrami has been undergoing medical treatment for years in Spain. She is blind in both eyes and still has serious injuries to her face and body.

A number of acid attacks have been reported in Iran in recent years and the press has been generally supportive of Bahrami, publishing sympathetic interviews and photographs of her face before and after the attack.

In December 2010, Iran’s supreme court upheld a sentence of blinding against a man convicted of an acid attack against his wife’s lover that left him blind. There has been no confirmation of it being carried out.


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