“The Islamic sharia laws of Iran lay down amputation as punishment for repeated thefts,” says AFP. Do the “Islamic sharia laws” of any other country lay down anything else besides amputation as punishment for repeated thefts? No, they don’t, because that part of Sharia is Qur’anic and thus non-negotiable: “As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise.” — Qur’an 5:38.
Are there Muslim-majority countries that do not prescribe amputation for theft? Yes, but they do so because they have implemented Western-style legal codes in whole or part, not because they have a different version of Sharia.
“Iranian chocolate thief ‘to have hand chopped off,'” from AFP, October 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):
An Iranian court has condemned a man convicted of robbing chocolates and cocoa from a Tehran pastry shop to have a hand chopped off, Fars news agency reported on Saturday….
Fars said police arrested him on May 29 and found in his possession 900 dollars worth of cash, three pair of gloves, chocolate and cocoa.
The Islamic sharia laws of Iran lay down amputation as punishment for repeated thefts.
Cases of amputation have been increasing due to a rise in robberies on the back of growing poverty in Iran. Last week, Tehran amputated a hand of a man found guilty of two robberies in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.