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Sudanese doctors’ role in judicial amputation “breaks medical ethics”

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 26 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1253
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Allegations that doctors in Khartoum’s Al-Ribat University Hospital helped with the cross amputation of a man convicted of armed robbery have led to widespread concern among medical bodies and human rights groups. This was the first time in 30 years that this particular punishment, which involves the amputation of the right hand and the left foot, had been done in Sudan.

The Sudan Social Development Organisation said that the sentence was carried out on Adam Mohammed Muthna on 14 February. The claim that doctors were involved appeared in the local Al Sudani newspaper, the organisation said; and the charity Amnesty International told the …

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