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Saudi man could have spinal cord severed

By Jane Fazackarley     Aug 20, 2010 in World
An unnamed Saudi man who was found guilty of severing the spinal cord of another man, leaving him paralysed, could now face the prospect of having the same punishment doled out to him.
Saudi Arabia can impose Islamic Law and although it is extremely rare, eye-for-eye punishments can be given out.
According to the Daily Mail, local newspapers have reported that the judge in this case has sent out a number of letters to different hospitals to ask if it would be possible to leave the attacker with a non-functional spinal cord. The accused man is said to have attacked his victim with a cleaver.
One hospital would not carry out such surgery. They reportedly said they wouldn't do it for ethical reasons and another hospital told the court in a letter that "inflicting such harm is not possible".
It is reported that one hospital said it was possible to perform this kind of surgery but it is unclear whether they would carry it out.
The victim, Abdul-Aziz Al-Mutairi, is insistent that this punishment should be carried out. The punishment would be dismissed if he chose to accept blood money.
A senior journalist from Saudi Arabia told the Daily Mail:
"No hospital will cut this man’s spinal cord. Any doctor who did could find himself in court."
"This is part of an extremist tradition that has nothing to do with Islamic law which places a high value on mercy."
In 2006 Abdul Lateef Noushad faced losing an eye after a fight he was involved in cost another man his sight in one eye. He was eventually pardoned by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
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