iran2_2One of Iran’s official press agencies published photos showing the public amputation of a thief’s fingers. These show a man getting his finger chopped off with a machine resembling a rotary saw.

Following the amputation, Ali Alghasi, Shiraz’s public prosecutor, announced that sentences against criminals would become increasingly severe, without explaining why.

Amputation, whipping, and even death by stoning are all legal forms of punishment under Iran’s Islamic penal code.