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29 May 2023

Saudi faces leg being cut-off in court case

By Staff

A Saudi man who caused the severance of the leg of another Saudi during a fight is racing against time to pay diya (blood money) and save his leg after a court ordered the amputation of his leg.

Talal Al Shammari has been given three months until the end of this month to pay SR1.5 million, or he will have his leg severed.

Relatives said they had already raised around SR1.077 million and need SR433,000 to complete the diya, which was set by the victim’s family.
During a fight in the northern town of Rafaa nearly six years ago,
Shammari shot Mohammed Al Mutairi in the leg, which was later amputated by doctors at a local hospital.

A court then ordered Shammari’s leg cut-off in line with Islamic law.
Sabq newspaper said Mutairi had earlier rejected blood money, but then accepted mediation by tribal leaders to pardon Shammari.

"Shammari’s family this week appealed for all benevolent people to donate money to complete the requested diya to save their son’s leg," the paper said.