Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves

The Straits Time from Singapore ( reports that an official court in Saudi Arabia came down with a ruling: the hands of two men guilty of petty theft should be amputated.

RIYADH - Two men found guilty of stealing in Saudi Arabia had their right hands amputated yesterday in keeping with Islamic law, the Interior Ministry announced.

'The right hands of Abdulrahman Ismail Ali, an Egyptian, and Sher Mohammad Ali Ahmad from Afghanistan were amputated from the wrist after they were caught stealing inside the Grand Mosque' complex in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia applies a strict form of syariah, or Islamic law, which prescribes amputating the right hands of thieves. If an amputee steals again, his left hand is sliced off.

The kingdom imposes the death penalty on people convicted of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug use. --AFP

No matter how many ads the Saudi government buys to improve their image in the U.S., I still think that the above sounds like something coming out of the Middle Ages.

Posted by David Melle
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You know what? It works, not like this joke of a judicial system

Posted by: JoeH at October 25, 2005 01:40 AM

May I ask: in your opinion, what punishment is suitable for someone who rape your sister or murder your brother or even kill your son with an overdose?

You can at least compare the crime rates between the two countries and then you can mention the middle ages.

Posted by: Sweet_n_Sour at April 8, 2007 04:39 AM

This punishment should be everywhere in the world so people would have fear of stealing. I just got my Ipod Touch Stolen Today just because I am in a white country a.k.a Canada. If I was in saudi they would take my ipod and give it back to me this is the difference between a muslim country and a non-muslim country.

Posted by: MuslimBrotha at September 16, 2010 05:57 PM

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