The victims can ask that the perpetrator suffer the same injury that has been inflicted. An eye for an eye, etc.Human rights group say trials in Saudi Arabia fall far below international standards. They usually take place behind closed doors and without adequate legal representation.
Those who are sentenced to death are often not informed of the progress of legal proceedings against them or of the date of execution until the morning on which they are taken out and beheaded.In the case discussed in the article, the Islamic judge is asking if the perpetrator can be paralyzed ... since that was the injury inflicted on the victim. His previous sentence had been 14 mos in jail, released after 7 mos in an amnesty. Evidently, the victim still has the ability to ask for a harsher sentence.According to Amnesty, in 2005, a convict in the kingdom had his teeth pulled out by a dentist because he had smashed another man's teeth out in a fight.
"We have also had cases of people sentenced to blindness because they have caused the blindness of another person," Chirouf said. "But never anything involving a spinal cord."