Surgical mutilation judgment in Saudi Arabia “violates medical ethics”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4730 (Published 31 August 2010)
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  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Saudi Arabian authorities are being urged not to deliberately paralyse a man in retribution for similar injuries he allegedly caused during a fight.

    Amnesty International said that a court in Tabuk, in the north west of the country, has approached a number of hospitals asking about the possibility of cutting the man’s spinal cord to carry out the punishment of “qisas” (retribution), as requested by the injured victim.

    It reports that one hospital has said it would be possible to injure the spinal cord at the same place as the damage the man is alleged to …

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