Monday, August 1, 2011

Iranian Woman forgives man who disfigured his face with acid

Ameneh Bahrami, an Iranian woman who was blinded and disfigured in 2004 by an acid attack, perpetrated by a man who refused to marry, today forgave his attacker and prevented received the law of retaliation. "Ameneh Bahrami, a victim of acid attack, at the last moment he forgave his assailant Majid Movahedi and waived his right to claim retaliation, to be applied today," the prosecutor of Tehran, according to a report ISNA news agency.

The attack occurred in October 2004 when the woman refused an offer of marriage Movahedi, who threw acid in his face, which caused his victim disfigured and blind. In February 2009, a court sentenced a man to be blind in both eyes snatch Bahrami view, under the principle of retaliation, which is permitted under Islamic rules in force in Iran.

"I have seven years trying to get the sentence qisas (retaliation), but today I decided to forgive," said Ameneh, according to the ISNA report. The woman, who lives in Spain, where he underwent 17 operations without success to re-view and retrieve his face, said international interest in the case was one of the reasons that led them to abandon their demand.

"It seemed like the whole world was waiting to see what we did," said the woman, who received financial compensation for damages. The general prosecutor of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Ameneh praised the decision, calling it a "courageous act" and said the judicial system was determined to carry out the sentence if there was no pardon.

"Everything was ready to carry out the qisas on Majid's eyes, but Ameneh forgave him at the time of execution of sentence," said Dolatabadi the Iranian news agency.

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