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Saudi Arabia Court Sentences Man to Paralysis

Updated on April 3, 2013

There are so many things about Saudi Arabia that irritate Westerners. The society forces women into a second class citizens be not allowing them to drive a car and other restrictions under the veil of religion.

Their sense of justice is crude in some cases and extreme. The country cringes when such horrific events appear in the world press, such as, beheadings for stealing, and rightly so. Now, the Saudi court has sentenced a man to become paralyzed by severing his spinal cord because he cannot pay $270,000 in damages. Ali Al-Khawahir has been in prison since stabbing his friend in the backbone 10 years ago, when he was only 14 years old. Since then, his friend has requested monetary compensation.

Nothing has been paid because the family cannot afford it. Yet, 10 years later, after the even occurred and the trial was over, now the Saudi Court wants to cripple the assailant for the crime. Bizarre.

It is unclear whether a doctor would knowingly and willingly cripple a healthy person by severing the spinal cord under court order. Most Saudi doctors were trained in the West. But, would they follow the order under the banner of Islam law- and eye for an eye? Would that violate their oath taken as a doctor to save and preserve life? One hospital said that it could not perform the operation, apparently on ethical grounds. The King Faisal Specialist Hospital, a leading medical facility in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, refused.

The Court wanted the severing to be done with a machete. I think the King of Saudi Arabia should intervene, he has in the past, because the court is following the Islamic law a little to closely.


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    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Speechless. Not really, but I can't print what I want to say. Good work as usual.

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      point2make 4 years ago

      Barbarism comes in many guises and is not,unfortunately, relegated to history. Good hub.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I agree with you! wow!

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      We always refer to Iran when it comes to radical islam and its application but people easily forget that fundamental islam resides in Saudi Arabia. Scary.

      Interesting hub!