- Gruesome ISIS militants slice off suspected thief’s hand with meat cleaver
- Accused thief is blindfolded and has wrist tied with tourniquet before his hand is lopped off
- ISIS soldier then uses a bandage to wrap up the victim’s bleeding wound
- Terror group’s penal code is based on horrific ‘eye-for-eye’ punishments
Gruesome ISIS militants have released photos of an accused thief being blindfolded, his wrist tied with a tourniquet and his hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
Before the sentencing, the images show baying onlookers, including some young children, surrounding the table while a fighter appears to read out the charges.
The men – their heads covered in black balaclavas and dressed in camouflage fatigues – then tied the alleged thief’s wrist with a bandage and used the meat cleaver to chop off his hand.
Next an ISIS soldier uses a bandage to wrap up his bleeding wound.
It is understood the barbaric sentencing took place in the Iraqi province of Nineveh of which Mosul is the capital, a city under full control of the terror group, although it not clear exactly where.
It is latest in a string of sickening amputations carried out by ISIS in the Middle East in recent months.
The photographs, like previous ones, were shared by pro-ISIS social media users, who use the Arabic file sharing websites to exchange images of the terror group’s latest atrocities.
The images – appearing in a document titled ‘In the name of God the Merciful’ – are high quality and carry the distinctive yellow branding of the group’s Al-Hayat Media Center, suggesting they may be stills from an as-yet unreleased propaganda video.
It comes weeks after photographs taken in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul showed in shocking detail how Islamic State terrorists pump their victims full of drugs before using a massive meat cleaver to cut off their hands.
It means the victim is calm prior to, during and immediately after such attacks.
It is thought Jordanian air force pilot filmed being burned to death by Islamic State extremists was also heavily sedated and unaware of what was about to happen.
ISIS militants reportedly admitted giving Moaz al-Kasasbeh drugs so that he did not scream as flames consumed his body during his grotesque execution.
Earlier this year, ISIS released a document on social media, explaining the rules of Islamic State penal code, which is being brutally enforced across ISIS-held territory in Syria and Iraq.
Entitled ‘Clarification [regarding] the Hudud’, the document contains a list of the punishments handed out for crimes committed in the Islamic State, in accordance with the extremist group’s radical interpretation of Shariah law.
All punishments are carried out after a ‘trial’ at an Islamic State court. After the sentencing, the prisoner is taken into the centre of the town or city.
Men and young boys of all ages are actively encouraged to gather and watch the punishments.
An Islamic State fighter then reads out the charges found against the victim before the punishment is carried out in public.
All forms of blasphemy against Islam are punished by execution, even if the accuser chooses to repent of their sins.
Likewise, committing murder, spying, apostasy or sodomy is punished by immediate death.
Anyone found guilty of banditry, specifically murder and stealing, is put to death by crucifixion.
According to Islamic State’s reading of Shariah law, thieves have a hand cut off. It is unclear whether the victim can choose which hand is removed.
Islamic State’s penal code also states that anyone found guilty of banditry and caught stealing will have their right hand and their left leg amputated.
This terrible punishment is done so that every member of the public can identify the victim’s past crime.
Flogging is another common punishment carried out under Islamic State.