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LONDON: An Iranian court sentenced a man to blindness as punishment for leaving his neighbor without the use of an eye following a fight.
The 45-year-old, whose name has not been released, was convicted on the basis of a legal principle founded on retributive justice.
The 2018 brawl took place in Fashan, an area outside Tehran province, between the culprit and his 40-year-old neighbor. The victim filed a complaint in a Tehran court after losing sight in one eye.
IranWire reports did not say whether the man would lose both eyes or only one as punishment.
The use of blindness in the Iranian justice system has a relatively short history. It was first used in 2008 when a defendant was convicted of an acid attack. The victim in this case pardoned the perpetrator at the last minute.
But an acid attacker in 2015 had his eye gouged out by Iranian medics. A year later, another man was given the same sentence for throwing corrosive substances into his 4-year-old niece’s eye, blinding her.
Post-revolutionary Iran has long been accused by rights groups, as well as regional and international governments, of using cruel punishment to maintain public order.
Last year there was an outcry when news emerged that Tehran was planning to remove four fingers from the right hands of four men accused and convicted of robbery following flawed trials.
Human rights organization Amnesty International said at the time: “Applying such unspeakable and inhumane sentences is not justice and underlines the cruelty of the Iranian criminal justice system.