Religion and the Legal System do not Mix

From the Grauniad:

A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals whether they would punitively damage a man’s spinal cord after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralysing him, local newspapers reported today…

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi, 22, was left paralysed after a fight more than two years ago, and asked a judge to impose an equivalent punishment on his attacker under sharia law, reports said.

Fortunately:

King Faisal specialist hospital said that it would not do the operation. The article quoted a letter from the hospital saying “inflicting such harm is not possible”, apparently refusing on ethical grounds.

No doubt Wronging Rights will come up with something pithy and insightful to say about this, so I’ll sign off with this: gah.