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Amnesty International urges Saudi Arabia not to paralyze man as retribution

Johannesburg, Apr. 3 (ANI): Amnesty International has appealed to Saudi Arabia not to carry out a reported sentence of paralysis for a man in retribution for allegedly paralysing another man 10 years ago.

According to the rights watchdog, 24-year-old Ali al-Khawahir was reportedly sentenced to retribution, in the Eastern Province town of Al-Ahsa and could be paralysed from waist down if he fails to pay compensation of 270 000 dollars, reports News24.

Khawahir, as a 14-year-old, had stabbed his friend in the back in 2003, rendering him paralysed from the waist down.

Ann Harrison, Middle East and North Africa deputy director at Amnesty, said paralyzing a person as punishment for a crime would be torture. It is time the authorities in Saudi Arabia start respecting their international legal obligations and remove these terrible punishments from the law, she added.

Amnesty said a similar sentence of paralysis was imposed in 2010 but that it was unknown if it had been carried out.

The Muslim kingdom imposes several forms of corporal punishment attributed to Islamic law, ranging from flogging, to amputation and beheading. (ANI)