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Saudi Judge Seeks to Sever Man's Spine

Paralyzed victim wants attacker to suffer the same fate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2010 1:03 AM CDT
Saudi Judge Seeks to Sever Man's Spine
Paralyzed victim wants attacker to suffer the same fate.   (?Jaci Berkopec)

(Newser) – An eye for an eye—a spine for a spine? A judge in Saudi Arabia has been asking hospitals whether or not they can sever the spinal cord of a man convicted of paralyzing another man in an attack with a cleaver, the AP reports. At least one hospital has refused on ethical grounds. The victim's brother says "blood money" will not be an acceptable alternative.

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Under Saudi law, victims are allowed to request that their attackers receive the same injuries they did, although the country's leaders have been trying to clamp down on extreme punishment. A man had his teeth pulled out because he knocked somebody else's out in a fight, and "we have also had cases of people sentenced to blindness because they have caused the blindness of another person," an Amnesty spokesman says. "But never anything involving a spinal cord." (Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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