FCO condemn 'grotesque' Saudi 'paralysis' sentence

The reported sentencing to paralysis for a Saudi man for a crime he committed as a 14-year-old has been condemned as "grotesque" by the Foreign Office.

According to reports in Saudi Arabia media, 24-year-old Ali al-Khawahir will be paralysed from the waist down unless he pays one million Saudi riyals (£177,000) in compensation to the victim.

An FCO spokesman said: "We urge the Saudi authorities to ensure that this grotesque punishment is not carried out."

"Such practices are prohibited under international law and have no place in any society."

Amnesty International also condemned the punishment as "utterly shocking".