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Report: Iran delays retribution blinding

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LONDON, May 14 (UPI) -- Iranian authorities Saturday reportedly postponed blinding a man as punishment for dumping acid on a woman's head, the Fars news agency reported.

Majid Movahedi, 27, was scheduled to have five drops of acid placed in each eye under Iran's "retribution in kind" for his Nov. 3, 2004, acid attack on a woman who had rejected several of his marriage proposals. Despite undergoing 17 surgeries, the woman has since lost all of her eyesight and is badly scarred, Amnesty International said.

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In various appeals hearings, Ameneh Bahrami, 34, has insisted Movahedi receive the blinding and complained he will be under a local anesthetic and unable to feel any of the pain she suffered.

Under Iranian law for such crimes, only the victim can pardon someone convicted, The Washington Post said.

Amnesty International made a last-minute appeal to Iran Saturday not to carry out the sentence.

"Regardless of how horrific the crime suffered by Ameneh Bahrami, being blinded with acid is a cruel and inhuman punishment amounting to torture, and the Iranian authorities have a responsibility under international law to ensure it does not go ahead," said Amnesty International's Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

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