Saudi woman seeks to paralyze speeder

Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A young Saudi woman paralyzed in an auto accident says she wants a court to sentence the other driver to the loss of his ability to walk.

The woman, who was injured on her honeymoon, has refused monetary compensation and is demanding retributive justice in the form of the other motorist being paralyzed as well.

"There is nothing that will be just and fair except seeing the man who has caused all this to have the same fate," the woman, whose name was not released, told the Arabic daily al Okaz.

The driver was convicted of reckless driving and speeding. His offers of financial compensation have thus far been rejected in favor of eye-for-an-eye retribution.

The demand has posed a dilemma for the court in the city of Jeddah. Gulf News said the judge tried to convince the victim to change her mind and his postponed his sentencing to give the two sides another opportunity to strike a less-Draconian deal.

But the woman has stuck to her demand. "I will not say that I wish I were dead because I truly believe in fate and in what God has written for me, but I also believe that justice has been ordained by God," she said.

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