In a joint report published on 10 June, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Centre for Human Rights in Iran (ABC) emphasised the imminent risk of finger amputation of at least eight prisoners in Tehran

According to the latest reports received from the Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary, at least seven prisoners sentenced to amputation of four fingers of their right hands were taken by a special unit to a special vehicle on 11 June to be transferred for the execution of their sentences.

However due to the objections of several other prisoners and their arguments with the officers, the transfer of the prisoners was postponed, and the prisoners returned to their cells.

The prisoners have been identified as Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Shahivand, Mehdi Sharafian, Amir Shir-Mard, Morteza Jalili, Yaghoub Fazeli Koushki, and Ebrahim Rafiei.

They were sentenced to amputation of four fingers of their right hands for “theft.”

The KHRN has been informed that an officer from the Tehran prison has informed the prisoners that, according to an official letter received, their sentences would be carried out in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj.

On 10 June, Amnesty International issued a statement calling the plan to execute the sentence a “shocking reminder of the shameless inhumanity of the criminal justice system in Iran, which legalises torture, a crime under international law”.