Saudi man ‘faces spine-op punishment’

BBC News
20 August 2010

Amnesty International has urged Saudi authorities to stop any attempt to medically paralyse a man as a judicial punishment.

A Saudi judge is reported to have asked hospitals if it is possible to cut the spinal cord of the man, found guilty of paralysing another man in a fight.

Amnesty said intentionally paralysing someone would constitute torture.

Under Islamic law in Saudi Arabia, retribution sentences can include eye-gouging and, for murder, beheading.

“We urge the Saudi Arabian authorities not to carry out such a punishment, which amounts to nothing less than torture,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, of Amnesty International.

“While those guilty of a crime should be held accountable, intentionally paralysing a man in this way would constitute torture and be a breach of its international human rights obligations.”

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