8-Year-Old Iranian Child Caught Stealing Bread
Part 3: Analysis
Analysis: The preceding images, originally published on the Iranian news website Peyke Iran in 2005, are presumably authentic, though the text of the email doesn't jibe with that of the original news story and appears to have been fabricated after the fact.
According to a note from a Peyke Iran spokesperson posted on the Little Green Footballs blog last November, the young boy whose arm was run over was not being punished for a crime. He was, in fact, part of a "Maareke giry" or street magic act, and allegedly performed the stunt for money (note the gentleman speaking into a microphone in image #1). A seventh and eighth picture in the series, showing the child shaken but otherwise unharmed after the ordeal, were omitted from the forwarded email but were part of the presentation on Peykeiran.com (where all the images are attributed to photographer Siamak Yari).
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Shari'a Punishment Photos Misattributed
LittleGreenFootballs.com, 2 November 2005
Last updated: 08/09/06