Blinded victim spares acid attacker
An Iranian woman blinded by a man who threw acid into her face has pardoned her attacker just before he was to be punished by having acid dropped in his eye.
Ameneh Bahrami stood above her attacker in a hospital operating theatre as a doctor was about to put several drops of acid in one of his eyes in court-ordered retribution.
The man - Majid Movahedi - waited on his knees and wept.
"What do you want to do now?" the doctor asked the 34-year-old woman, whose face was severely disfigured in the 2004 attack. "I forgave him, I forgave him," she responded, asking the doctor to spare him at the last minute in a dramatic scene broadcast on Iran's state television.
Bahrami lost her sight and suffered horrific burns to her face, scalp and body in the attack, carried out by Movahedi, who was angered that she refused his marriage proposal.
"It is best to pardon when you are in a position of power," Ms Bahrami said in explaining her decision to spare him.
The sobbing Movahedi said Ms Bahrami was "very generous".
It was a change of heart since the court handed down the sentence in November 2008. A few months later, Ms Bahrami told a radio station in Spain, where she travelled for medical treatment after the attack, that she was happy with the ruling. "I am not doing this out of revenge, but rather so that the suffering I went through is not repeated," she said in that March 2009 interview.
The court ruling had allowed Bahrami to have a doctor pour a few drops of the corrosive chemical in one of Movahedi's eyes as retribution based on the Islamic law system of "qisas", or eye-for-an-eye retribution.
Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said Movahedi would remain in jail until a court decides on an alternative punishment, according to Iran's ISNA news agency.rth Africa.