Iranian teens convicted of stealing reportedly will have fingers chopped off

Three teenage boys found guilty of stealing in Iran will now endure the barbaric punishment of having their fingers hacked off, according to a report.

The teens — identified as Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafian and Mehdi Shahivand — were ordered to have four fingers on their right hands amputated, according to an Iran Supreme Court verdict, The Sun reported, citing British-based Persian-language television station Iran International.

The boys lost an appeal this week to have the gruesome sentence overturned.

To perform the government-sanctioned mutilation, a machine is used to saw off a convict’s digits, according to the outlet, which posted images of the medieval-style contraption.

Under the country’s strict Islamic penal code, theft “on the first occasion” is punishable by the amputation of up to four fingers. In most cases, however, prison sentences are handed down for theft instead — and the most severe punishments are generally only handed down to adults.

Whipping and death by stoning are also legal forms of punishment under in Iran.

“Amputation as a form of punishment is rare in Iran,” Nargess Tavalossian, a legal analyst for Iran International said, according to The Sun. “To have this type of punishment, there are 13 rules that all need to apply for the judge to order an amputation.

The teens were found guilty of stealing in the country’s northeastern Urmia region in November.

No other details about the nature of their crimes have been released by authorities. It wasn’t immediately clear when the sentence would be carried out.

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