Iran: Mullahs' inhuman regime whipped five prisoners in public
NCRI - The mullahs' inhuman regime whipped five prisoners in public in the northern city of Khoram-Dareh, the state-run daily Javan reported on Saturday.
"Prisoners were sentenced by Khoram-Dareh's court and later upheld by the Supreme Court," Javan added.
According to the daily, prisoners received 340 lashes each.
In a similar move, on July 15, the Iranian regime publicly flogged six prisoners in the Modaress Street in northeastern city of Sabzevar.
The men in their teens received lashes for what the judiciary called "committing mischief in the streets." The sentence was carried out in an area where the victims lived. The plaintiffs in this case were willing to give up their complaints in return for the victims' pardon by the law. However, the judiciary showed no leniency and executed the sentence under the pretext of enforcing the so-called "public security plan."
On June 26, mullahs' highest judicial authority, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, says public flogging is an effective criminal deterrent, while imprisonment is a useless punishment.
In an interview broadcast on state TV on June 25 in the evening program, the head of the Iranian regime's Judicial Authority complained that "many Iranian judges, influenced by western propaganda and fearing they will be accused of failing to respect human rights, are not sentencing offenders to effective penalties like public flogging".
"Public flogging is one of most just sentences that can be inflicted on someone who has committed a crime," said Shahroudi.
"The publication of photos and news of public floggings is the best deterrent, while three or four months in prison has no effect," he said.
"We must reduce prison sentences and make use of public flogging more to punish offenders."
In May, the rights group Amnesty International urged Iranian courts to suspend flogging sentences.
"Flogging is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which amounts to torture," the organization said.
Amnesty said it was outlawed under Article 7 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
In its latest report, Amnesty International said sentences of flogging and amputation continued to be implemented in Iran, and torture and ill-treatment were widespread in prisons and detention centers.
The photo is showing a 25-year-old man receiving a public flogging on August 2007, in Qazvin, 160 kilometers northwest of the capital Tehran.