Saudi Criminal Told He Will Be Sentenced to Paralysis

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Saudi man charged with attacking his friend with a knife and paralyzing him was told he would have his spinal cord severed as punishment.

Ali Al-Khawahir was 14 when he stabbed his friend in the backbone, paralyzing him for life. Under Islamic law the eye-for-an-eye punishment of paralysis would be adequate payback.

Al-Khawahir, 24, has been in jail for the past ten years and now must come up with $266,600 - $2 million Saudi Riyal - to pay his victim or face punishment.

Al-Khawahir’s mother, 60, said she sympathizes with the victim, but the family cannot afford to pay such a high amount.

“Ten years have passed with hundreds of sleepless nights. My hair has become grey at a young age because of my son’s problem,” his mother told the Saudi Gazzette.

“I have been frightened to death whenever I think about my son’s fate and that he will have to be paralyzed.”

A fund has been started to raise the money, which is the amount his victim requested in order to forgive the crime. According to, the victim originally asked for nearly a $500,000, but has since lowered the amount.

While King Abdullah claims he wants to loosen Saudi Arabia’s hold on extremist ideology, a man was beheaded and crucified last week for the rape and murder of a Pakistani national.

Sources: Global Post, Daily Mail