Iranian man sentenced to have acid poured onto face for blinding lover's hubby

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London, Dec 13 (ANI): An Iranian man, who blinded his lover's husband by throwing acid onto his face, is to suffer the same fate, as Iran's Islamic code allows for "an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth" retribution.

The sentencing, which is known as "qisas", is allowed in cases of violent crime.

The convict, named only as Mojtaba, threw acid in the face of his rival Alireza, a taxi driver, after an illicit affair with the victim's wife, Mojdeh.

All three are 25 and live in Qom, Iran's clerical nerve centre 60 miles south of the capital, Tehran.

According to a government daily, Iran, the penalty was passed by a lower court and upheld by Iran's supreme court, and Qom prosecutor, Mostafa Barzegar Ganji, said the victim had used his right to qisas.

"We have asked for forensic specialists to oversee the blinding of the convict," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

Extreme punishments can be waived if the victim chooses to accept "blood money" in reparation, and "eye for eye" punishments are rarely carried out.

Qisas sentences infuriate local reformists and are invariably branded as an "abhorrent" form of "judicial torture" by international human rights groups. (ANI)

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