Letters

Judicial punishments in Iraq

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1516d (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1516
  1. D M Forrest
  1. Editor of newsletter, Medical Group, British Section, Amnesty International, London ECIR 4RE.

    EDITOR,—Reports in the BMJ have drawn attention to a series of recent decrees of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council introducing amputation of the right hand as judicial punishment for theft, with amputation of the left foot for a second offence.1 2 Amputation of one ear is decreed as punishment for evasion of the draft, military desertion, or harbouring deserters. Amputation of the other pinna is the penalty for a second offence, and the death penalty is decreed for a third. In addition, an X is branded on to the forehead. It seems that these sentences …

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