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Man's Eye Removed in Punishment for Crime

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Egyptian man had one eye removed under the orders of a court in Saudi Arabia for throwing acid at another Egyptian, the first such punishment under Islamic law in the kingdom in 40 years, newspapers said Tuesday.

They said the 37-year-old Egyptian had his left eye removed last week at a hospital in the Muslim holy city of Medina after being found guilty of throwing acid at the face of a fellow Egyptian six years ago, damaging his left eye.

The attacker's efforts to avoid the operation failed when the victim refused to accept financial compensation of 800,000 riyals ($213,333).

The papers said it was the first time in more than 40 years that the literal eye-for-an-eye punishment had been carried out in the conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia applies strict Islamic sharia law, executing murderers, rapists and drug smugglers, often by public beheading. It also amputates the right hand for theft.

It has executed at least 83 people so far this year.

-- CD (costavike@hotmail.com), August 15, 2000


ol time=religion!

-- al-d. (dogs@zianet.com), August 15, 2000.


-- I'm (just.trying@to.help), August 15, 2000.

Right ON!

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 15, 2000.

Hi CD,

I wonder how their crime statistics compare to ours.

-- Debra (Thisis@it.com), August 15, 2000.

Hello CD,

Good to read your name again. Interesting new item, too.

Vindicated Regards,
Andy Ray

-- Andy Ray (andyman633@hot,ail.com), August 15, 2000.

I wonder what the punishment for 'trolling' is in Saudia Arabia?

-- Butt Nugget (catsbutt@umailme.com), August 15, 2000.

lol butt

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 15, 2000.

Cin- I agree. Right on!

Debra- Good question. It would be interesting to find out how they compare.

Andy- Thanks.

-- CD (costavike@hotmail.com), August 16, 2000.

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