A Saudi court is prepared to carry out a sentence to have Ali Al-Khawahir surgically paralyzed in conformity with Sharia law’s “eye for an eye” traditions. Al-Khawahir was only 14 when he stabbed a friend and left him paralyzed. Now, his family has failed to pay the victim “blood money” to be released from jail. After ten years of negotiations over the blood money, Al-Khawahir faces total paralysis under the Kingdom’s medieval legal system.
The victim demanded SR2 million (more than half a million U.S. dollars) as the cost for forgiving his former friend and then reduced that to 1 million. However, Al-Khawahir’s family is too poor to pay the blood money and has asked for help from donors to avoid the surgery. Both the sentence and the concept of blood money is an affront to any cognizable system based on the rule of law. However, it all makes perfect sense in the twisted Sharia legal system.
This story follows the recent sentence where a man was first beheaded and then crucified for his crimes.
Source: Daily Mail