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Saudi court considers severing man's spine

TABUK, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian court said it is deliberating about severing a defendant's spinal cord as a punishment similar to the injury suffered by his victim.

The General Court in Tabuk is seeking medical advice as to whether it is possible to cut the spine of the unidentified Saudi who allegedly struck Abdul Aziz al-Mutairi, also a Saudi, with a cleaver during a fight two years ago, Emirates 24/7 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, reported Thursday.

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Mutairi, 22, said he wants his alleged attacker to suffer the same fate he has, Emirates 24/7 reported.

"King Khaled Hospital is of the opinion that it is possible to cut the spinal cord and cause paralysis medically through specialist centers," Mutairi said.

Emirates 24/7 said according to the Arabic language daily Okaz, the verdict is delayed, pending replies to the court's letters from hospitals.

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