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A man convicted of blinding a woman in an acid attack was spared an eye-for-an-eye punishment Sunday, minutes before the sentence was to be carried out, Iranian state media reported.

The Fars News Agency reported that the victim had a sudden change of heart and decided to stop the punishment.

A physician was to drop acid — under legal supervision — into the eyes of Majid Movahedi on Sunday, according to Fars News Agency, to punish him for throwing acid in the face of Ameneh Bahrami seven years ago. The act disfigured her face and blinded her.

Bahrami had previously insisted on the vengeful punishment after her attacker’s conviction in 2008.

“However in the last minute, Ameneh changed her mind and asked the proceeding to be halted,” the Islamic republic’s Fars state news agency reported.

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