Mom's appeal to help save son from gallows

A Saudi mother is racing against time to collect donations to pay blood money and save her only son from the gallows after he was sentenced to death for murder, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Umm Issa, 43, said she had so far secured SR2.5 million ($675,000) of the SR four million ($1.08 million) requested by the victim’s relatives to pardon her son, the Arabic language daily Sabq said in a report from the northern town of Tabuk.

Issa was sentenced to death after he was convicted of killing another man during a fight in the town nearly five years ago, the paper said.

“I urge all benevolent people to help me in raising the remaining funds and saving my son…he is the family’s only supporter after the death of my husband,” she told the paper without making clear when the verdict would be carried out.

Under Islamic law, a killer can be saved from the death sentence and released in case of a pardon by the victim’s relatives in return for diya (blood money).

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