En 24 år gammel saudier, Ali al-Khawahir (24), risikerer å bli lam, etter at en domstol dømte ham til «Quisas», dvs øye for øye, tann for tann. Siden han forårsaket at offeret ble lam, skal han selv bli lam.


Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to paralysis for a crime he committed when he was 14.

Ali al-Khawahir, now 24, has already served 10 years in prison after a Saudi court found him guilty of stabbing a childhood friend, who was paralysed from the waist down after the attack.

Khawahir was sentenced to ‘Qisas’, or retribution, which means the victim can demand the offender suffers the same punishment as he caused. The sentencing follows Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Sharia law that takes an ‘eye-for-an-eye’ approach to many crimes.

However the system also allows offenders to buy their way out of the punishment if they can compensate the victim a stated amount. In this case the amount has been set at one million riyals (200,000 euros).

International condemnation

The sentencing has been condemned internationally: a spokesperson for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said “We urge the Saudi authorities to ensure that this grotesque punishment is not carried out. Such practices are prohibited under international law and have no place in any society.”

Amnesty International have also denounced the sentence, saying “Paralysing someone as punishment for a crime would be torture…That such a punishment might be implemented is utterly shocking, even in a context where flogging is frequently imposed as a punishment for some offences, as happens in Saudi Arabia.”