Eye for Eye

An 80-year-old man has been held in a Bisha prison since 2007 waiting for the implementation of an “eye-for-an-eye” sentence, Al-Watan daily reported recently.

The old man had shot a youth who had married his niece against his will and the bullet had hit the man’s eye.

A court had ruled that the man’s one eye be gouged out.

Media reported last month on a similar case where a man was sentenced to be surgically paralyzed after he crippled another man by stabbing him. The sentence received wide international condemnation, but the Ministry of Justice later denied the sentence and said the judge dismissed the request for such punishment.