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Saudi Judge Considers Paralyzing Attacker

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Saudi judge considers paralysis punishment

By Salah Nasrawi, Associated Press Writer Thu Aug 19, 2010

CAIRO – 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 and paralyzing him, the brother of the victim said Thursday.

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralyzed and subsequently lost a foot after a fight more than two years ago. He asked a judge in northwestern Tabuk province to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under Islamic law, his brother Khaled al-Mutairi told The Associated Press by telephone from there.

He said one of the hospitals, located in Tabuk, responded that it is possible to damage the spinal cord, but it added that the operation would have to be done at another more specialized facility…

A copy of the medical report from the King Khaled Hospital in Tabuk province obtained by the AP said the same injury al-Mutairi suffers from can be inflicted on his attacker using a nerve stimulant, and inducing the same injuries in the same locations. The report was dated six months ago.

Saudi Arabia enforces strict Islamic law and occasionally doles out punishments based on the ancient legal code of an eye-for-an-eye. However, King Abdullah has been trying to clamp down on extremist ideology, including unauthorized clerics issuing odd religious decrees.

The query by the court, among the most unusual and extreme to have been made public in the kingdom, highlights the delicate attempt in Saudi Arabia to balance a push to modernize the country with interpretations of religious traditions that critics say are out of sync with a modern society.

The Saudi newspaper Okaz identified the judge as Saoud bin Suleiman al-Youssef.

The brother said the judge asked at least two hospitals for a medical opinion on whether surgeons could render the attacker’s spinal cord nonfunctional. He and Saudi newspaper reports did not identify the attacker

Khaled al-Mutairi, 27, said the assailant was sentenced to 14 months in prison for the attack that paralyzed his younger brother, but he was released after seven months in an amnesty. He said the attacker then got a job as a school teacher .

Why was he given amnesty? Was it to celebrate Ramadan or some other holiday? And is he now teaching at a Wahhabi school?

"We are asking for our legal right under Islamic law," the brother said. "There is no better word than God’s word — an eye for an eye."

Islamic law applied in Saudi Arabia allows defendants to ask for a similar punishment for harms inflicted on them. Cutting off the hands of thieves, for example, is common.

Under the law, the victim can receive a blood money to settle the case.

Khaled al-Mutairi said his family is not interested in blood money, and would be ready to send the attacker abroad to perform the operation if it were not possible in the kingdom.

Human rights group say trials in Saudi Arabia fall far below international standards. They usually take place behind closed doors and without adequate legal representation.

Those who are sentenced to death are often not informed of the progress of legal proceedings against them or of the date of execution until the morning on which they are taken out and beheaded.

Crucifying the headless body in a public place is a way to set an example, according to the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam

This last is a new one on us. But notice how the AP just slipped it in, like it is the most natural thing in the world.

According to Amnesty, in 2005, a convict in the kingdom had his teeth pulled out by a dentist because he had smashed another man’s teeth out in a fight.

"We have also had cases of people sentenced to blindness because they have caused the blindness of another person," Chirouf said. "But never anything involving a spinal cord."

Sure, cutting off heads and hands and gouging out eyes and pulling out teeth — is all done on a regular basis. But damaging a spinal cord?! That is outrageous!

This is blessing of Sharia law that Muslims seek to impose on the entire world.

Still, who are we to judge? Who are we to say that one system of justice is better than another?

That is blatant bigotry.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Saudi Judge Considers Paralyzing Attacker”

  1. untrainable says:

    I guess Saudi physicians were never made familiar with Hippocrates.

    It needs to be done at a “specialized facility”? Where exactly do you find a facility that specializes in butchering people? Oh, that’s right. We’re talking about Saudia Arabia. They’re probably as easy to find as Starbucks in Seattle.

  2. Helena says:

    All hail moral equivalency! Liberals are so right: Western Civilization is NO BETTER than other cultures that unenlightened Western-chauvinists call “primitive.”

    We’re the stupid troglodytes who have stupid old sayings like: Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”Still, who are we to judge? Who are we to say that one system of justice is better than another?…..”

    …..”That is blatant bigotry”…..

    And, not to forget, our system of government should embrace the principle of “freedom of religious practice”. Obama said so.

    So. Does this mean we get to fly some airplanes into their buildings? Let me go on record of recommending heavily armed, un-manned drones……or maybe this guy’s brother as a pilot.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Imagine if they had never found oil under the sands. What a much better world it would be. The majority of the Middle East would still be nomadic camel herders wandering about the desert.

    I would say they are at least equal to if not beyond Dr. Mengele in their savagery.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    I’m trying to imagine the volcano of incandescent rage and hate if this story was identified as a Christian nation and Christian judge.

    Islam is not a religion.
    It’s a death cult.
    Those who find solace in a death cult have already chosen sides.

  6. canary says:

    Better to get the judge to try & a spinal cord transplant from the offender, or better from someone waiting on “behead row” who is a 1st or 2nd time offender and even has a right foot left.”

    And to think Obama bowed to this barbaric King and accepted that gold necklace he didn’t file on his taxes.

  7. hushpuppy says:

    He got a gold necklace from that fat old Saud?

    • canary says:

      Hushpuppy, yes! Here is shocking video of The King of Arabia putting it on his neck. He tells Obama “it is from muslim, mumble jumble. He opens a giant jewelry case and pulls it out. Obama said he was going to put it in a safe place.


      below at article link is another more vivid video and mentions after the first infamous bow, Obama also did the double kiss each side thing. .

      Telegraph,co,uk : Barack Obama and the king’s bling

      King Abdullah, who is putting Obama up at his lavish desert horse farm, showered Obama with compliments as he handed him the jewellery [sic], which he said carries special meaning.

      It is understood to be an award called the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit, the country’s highest honour.

      “Those are only given to the very few friends of the king, and you are certainly one of those,” Abdullah said as he presented the thick chain and large medallion to Obama …

      Then, as an aide approached him with the necklace, Obama exclaimed: “Goodness gracious. That’s something there.”
      The king draped it around Obama’s neck, and the taller Obama bent his head low to accept it.

      This time, when they greeted each other at Riyadh’s main airport, there was a light embrace and the region’s traditional double kiss.
      …chatted briefly in public before retreating to hold private talks on a range of issues at the king’s ranch outside of Riyadh.

      As they arrived at the sprawling grounds, where the king keeps some 260 Arabian horses, guards on horseback flanked the long driveway, carrying swords and flags of the two countries.

      Inside, Abdullah introduced Obama to several princes in an enormous room decorated to look like a tent,….

      Looking up, Obama joked: “This is a much nicer tent than you gave to Prince Charles.”

      That drew a laugh from Abdullah, who then explained that Saudi royals try to maintain ties to their desert roots even inside buildings.

      “I’ve been struck by his wisdom and his graciousness,” Obama said of the king and thanked him for his “extraordinary generosity and hospitality.”

      As for that necklace, Obama took it off after a few minutes – and a few photographs – for “safekeeping.”


      CBS: Obama Could Get $25,000 For Gold Necklace!

      (AP) Cash4Gold.com – the company that ran a super bowl ad in which “TV Personality” Ed McMahon and “Famous Rap Star” MC Hammer urged viewers to “send your unwanted gold for cash” – today announced that President Obama could get as much as $25,000 if he sends the company the gold necklace he was given as a gift by Saudi King Abdullah.

      “Assuming the necklace and medallion are crafted of solid 18K gold, the company estimates that the Order of Merit contains as much as $25,000 worth of gold,” the company said in a press release.
      … the symbolic value of the piece most likely surpasses its melt value,” the release noted.
      …now would be a great time to send it in to Cash4Gold,” said Cash4Gold co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Aronson.

  8. Natural Born Citizen says:

    There is a reason the Saudi’s chop off your left hand if you are caught stealing. Traditionally they eat with their right hand while cleaning themselves up with the left hand. To have to do both with the remaining hand adds an extra insult to the punishment.

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