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21 February 2024

Father gets $320,000 for son's damaged eye

By Staff

A Saudi man was paid SR1.2 million ($320,000) to pardon a teen age boy who gouged his son’s eye during a fight, stopping a court sentence to cause the same damage to the defendant on an “an eye for eye” basis. 

After meditation by local dignitaries for several months, the father of Saqr Mohammed Al Rashidi agreed to pardon the defendant, Fayez Al Balaasi, who damaged Rashidi’s eye and crippled his sight during a scuffle in their northern town of Qariyat four years ago. 

"The reconciliation took place Rashidi’s house and the court approved the pardon announced by Rashidi’s house…the pardon stopped a decision by the court to gouge Balaasi’s eye,” Almadina newspaper said.