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Friday, August 20, 2010

Saudi judge asks hospital to paralyse criminal

Saudi judge asks hospital to paralyse criminal

A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver, leaving the victim paralysed.

Saudi Arabia enforces strict Islamic law and occasionally metes out punishments based on the ancient code of an eye-for-an-eye. However, Saudi King Abdullah has been trying to clamp down on extremist ideology.

The reports said Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralysed after a fight more than two years ago and asked a judge to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under Islamic law.

The newspaper Okaz said the judge in northwestern Tabuk province, identified as Saoud bin Suleiman al-Youssef, asked at least two hospitals for a medical opinion on whether surgeons could render the attacker's spinal cord nonfunctional. The attacker, who was not identified in the reports, has spent seven months in jail.

Okaz reported that a leading hospital in Riyadh – King Faisal Specialist Hospital – responded that it could not do the operation. It quoted a letter from the hospital saying "inflicting such harm is not possible," apparently refusing on ethical grounds. The response of a second hospital is not on public record.

Amnesty International expressed concerns over the reports and said it was contacting Saudi authorities for details of the case.

Comment: Why is this crazy Arab sitting as a judge?

1 comment:

Himself said...

Simply put John, they are drawing from the gene pool.

I have no way of knowing, but I would lay odds on that when this bit of news broke in the land of darkness, it was met with far more nods of assent than dissent.

Crazy, batshit crazy the lot of 'em, that's the difference between us and them.

I'm leaving you the Us and Them link should you wish to check out the "Dubai" posts there.

Injustice! you couldn't make it up. By comparison they make the US Justice System seem Utopian, and I probably don't have to tell you about that little palace of pleasure.

There is much to be found about that unenviable system in the sidebar under Prison Nation.

A system I might add, that had you practiced the same advocacy there as you did here, you would have been shipped off to a Supermax Prison and buried in some underground cell where quite literally you wouldn't have seen the light of day for years.

As I said earlier, you are probably au fait with much of it, but when I read stuff like this it gets my fuckin' goat.

But I will leave you this, that again you may or may not be aware of. I wrote at the time:

This report is from the BBC and doesn't touch on what I can in all honesty say is the most disgusting thing I have read in years, the California prison guards union contributing two million dollars towards advertising to oppose Proposition Five, a proposition that would try and address the savage and inhuman policies of Californian "justice."