Ali al-Khawahir is a 24-year-old Saudi. Ten years ago, when he was 14, Ali stabbed a friend of his during a quarrel the two were having. Unfortunately for Ali’s friend – and as we will see Ali too – Ali stabbed him in the spine which left the friend paralyzed. This tragic but otherwise unimportant event matters to us because this week a Saudi court ordered that Ali be surgically paralyzed as punishment for his crime, committed ten years ago.
The perversity of the ruling, so apparent that is hardly need be explained, highlights the injustice of the Saudi legal system, and gives us cause to pause for a brief second and evaluate our relationship with Saudi Arabia. full story »