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Saudis ‘consider’ severing man’s spine 19, August 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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Determined as ever not to enter the modern moral age, Saudi Arabian courts are “considering” whether to sever a defendant’s spinal cord. In the eye for an eye tradition (that ought to have ended an epoch ago) the prisoner in question would suffer this barbaric punishment after he attacked a man two years ago with a cleaver resulting in the severing of his spine. The victim, Abdul Aziz Al Mutairi has apparently requested that the attacker suffer the same fate.

I love the use of the verb ‘to consider’. Consideration, to me, implies logic and a cool, ‘modern’ rationalism. Should we be glad that Saudi are ‘considering’ medical opinion as to how to do this action rather than just butchering him with a cleaver which would be, if we’re honest, the truest eye for an eye punishment? Perhaps, but this hardly detracts from the vile, inhumane nature of the punishment or pre-medieval logic.

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1. Crispal - 19, August 2010

I remember some years ago when they removed the eye of an Egyptian who throw acid to his Saudi sponsor making him lose his eye. The sentence was executed by a doctor in a hospital. You know: “An eye for an eye…” Literary.


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