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Britain urges Saudi Arabia not to paralyse convict who committed crime as a teen

Britain yesterday urged Saudi Arabia not to carry out the 'grotesque' punishment of paralysis for a man whose alleged crime took place when he was 14.

LONDON // Britain yesterday urged Saudi Arabia not to carry out the "grotesque" punishment of paralysis for a man whose alleged crime took place when he was 14.

Ali Al Khawahir, 24, has reportedly been sentenced to "Qisas" (retribution) for allegedly paralysing a friend when he stabbed him in the back 10 years ago.

He could be paralysed from the waist down if he fails to pay compensation of one million riyals (Dh992m), Amnesty International said on Tuesday citing Saudi media reports.

Britain's Foreign Office said it was deeply concerned by the reports.

"We urge the Saudi authorities to ensure that this grotesque punishment is not carried out," a spokesman said.

"Such practices are prohibited under international law and have no place in any society."

Amnesty said paralysis as punishment would be akin to torture.

 

AFP