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Italy passes draft law to ban burqa

Anyone who forces a woman to wear a burqa in public faces up to a year in jail

Iranian acid victim spares her attacker from same fate

The woman had stood above her attacker in hospital as a doctor prepared to drip acid into his eyes

Iranian woman blinded, disfigured by acid pardons attacker (VIDEO)

At last minute, Ameneh Bahrami stops "eye for an eye" punishment for man who threw acid in her face
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The Iranian woman was attacked in 2004 after she refused an offer of marriage, leaving her severely disfigured. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iranian woman who was disfigured and blinded in an acid attack in 2004 said Sunday that she stopped an "eye for an eye" punishment for her attacker at the last minute because "such revenge is not worth it," according to CNN.

Ameneh Bahrami had demanded qisas, a retributive form of justice under Sharia law that is rarely used, but a report said she gave up that right at the last minute, BBC News reported.

In 2008, a court supported Bahrami's demand that Majid Movahedi be blinded as punishment for attacking her and blinding her. Movahedi threw acid in Bahrami's face and blinded her when she rejected his offer of marriage seven years ago. She was disfigured and blinded in the attack.

A doctor was going to drop acid under legal supervision into Movahedi's eyes on Sunday, according to Fars News Agency, to punish him for the acid attack, CNN reported.

Bahrami halted the action only minutes before it was carried out, and Movahedi had been given an anesthetic, she said.

Global human rights groups had asked Bahrami, who had requested the eye for an eye justice in the court, to pardon her attacker, according to the Guardian.

The Guardian reported:

"I feel very good. I'm happy that I pardoned him," Isna quoted her as saying. "For seven years I've been trying to pursue retribution and to prove that the punishment for an acid attack is retribution but today I decided to pardon him. This was my right but in future the next victim might not do the same."

Bahrami asked instead for financial compensation on Sunday, an option she had been unwilling to consider before.


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Bearded Mickey Mouse cartoon stirs anger in Egypt

Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian and one of Egypt's richest men, has apologized for tweeting cartoons of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in conservative Muslim attire.
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Mickey and Minnie Mouse. An Egypt Christian telecom mogul, one of the country’s richest men, has been accused of mocking Islam after tweeting cartoons of Mickey and Minnie in conservative Muslim dress. (ANDREW ROSS /AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris has come under fire for tweeting cartoons of Mickey Mouse in a conservative Islamic beard and Minnie Mouse in a face veil.

Sawiris, who is a Coptic Christian and one of the country’s richest men, had re-posted the Mickey Mouse cartoons on Twitter.

The images show Mickey Mouse with a full beard and wearing a traditional Arabic robe. Minnie Mouse is wearing a niqab — a full-body veil — with just her eyes visible. She is identifiable by her large ears and hair ribbon.

The images were already circulating online before Sawiris re-posted them.

Sawiris apologized on Twitter for tweeting the cartoon and said he meant no offence.

"I apologize for those who don't take this as a joke, I just thought it was a funny picture; no disrespect meant. I am sorry," he tweeted.

Ultraconservative Islamists in Egypt, known as Salafis, called the cartoon posted by Sawiris on Twitter a mockery of Islam.

More than 60,000 people have joined Facebook groups condemning him. One of the Facebook groups is named "We hate you Mickey Sawiris," and depicts Sawiris as Mickey Mouse. The group's motto is: "No to mockery of Islam."

Lawyers from the Salafi movement, which is a purist Islamic sect, have filed a formal complaint against him, and there are calls for a boycott of his businesses, including his telecom company Orascom, which owns Egypt’s largest cell phone company, Mobinil.


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