Thursday, April 4, 2013

Saudi man gets ‘paralysis’ sentence

Dubai: Human rights organisation Amnesty International appealed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday not to carry out a reported sentence of paralysis for a man in retribution for allegedly paralysing another man 10 years ago.
Ali Al Khawahir, 24, was reportedly sentenced to Qisas, or retribution, in the Eastern Province town of Al Ahsa and could be paralysed from waist down if he fails to pay compensation of one million riyals (Dh991,545), the rights watchdog said, citing Saudi media reports.
It said Khawahir had stabbed his friend in the back in 2003, rendering him paralysed from the waist down. He was 14 at the time.
“Paralysing someone as punishment for a crime would be torture,” said Ann Harrison, Middle East and North Africa deputy director at Amnesty.


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