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article imageMan sentenced to be paralyzed in Saudi Arabia

By Andrew Dyer     Apr 3, 2013 in Crime
Ali Al-Khawahir was 14 when he stabbed and paralyzed his best friend 10 years ago. Now, in Code of Hammurabi fashion, Al-Khawahir faces the same fate.
According to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Khawahir faces a sentence that involves him being paralyzed at the hands of the state if he is unable to pay one million Saudi Riyals ($266,000 US) in compensation to the victim. Al-Khawahir has been in prison since the time of the offence.
As expected, Amnesty International has condemned the sentence, calling it "torture" and stating that under no circumstances should the sentence be carried out. The human rights group has been heavily involved in Saudi Arabia, a country where tooth extraction, eye-gouging, limb removal, and death have been passed down as sentences for offences committed. In such cases, the victim can request compensation or pardons when the state is unwilling to intervene.
The Saudi Ministry of Justice has historically denied that a mandate of "paralyze for punishment" exists and has not released any comment in relation to the Al-Khawahir case.
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