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Sunday
Oct242010

Iran Amputates Hand of Convicted Thief

File photo. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo Courtesy - Iranian President's Office via Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran cut off the hand of a thief in front of other prisoners in the city of Yazd, state news outlets reported Sunday.

It's the second known amputation handed down by Iran's courts this month; last week a man who stole from a pastry shop was sentenced to amputation in addition to a year of jail time.

The punishment is believed to be on the rise in Iran, with a spate of robberies tied to growing poverty.

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