APA Saudi man has been sentenced “to be fully paralysed” as punishment stabbing and paralyzing his best friend 10 years ago, The Saudi Gazette reports.
At age 14 Ali Al-Khawahir stabbed his friend in the backbone. The victim has been “completely paralysed ever since and has not been able to lead a normal life and has been deprived of being a father,” according to Ali’s mother.
Now Ali must either pay more than $260,000 in compensation — which his family cannot afford — or face being paralysed.
This type of eye-for-an-eye punishment comes from the code of Hammurabi, a legendary Mesopotamian king who ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792-1750 B.C.E.
“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” was one of 282 laws inscribed on a stone pillar.
It’s unclear how the paralyzation would be carried out.
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