他們分別是：Barzn bin Raheel Al-Shammari（29歲）、Amer bin Edi Al-Jarbaa（26歲）、Mohammed bin Ali Al-Shammari（25歲）、Mohammed bin Dhiyab Maddhi（27歲）、Abdullah bin Dhiyab Maddhi（30歲）以及Bandar bin Al-Asadi（22歲）。
國際特赦組織中東及北非部門負責人Philip Luther 表示，斷手刖足是一種等同凌遲非常不人道的酷刑，不應存在於現代國家的刑法制度之中。Luther說，他已致函沙烏地阿拉伯阿布杜拉國王，並敦促他運用他的權力給予他們減刑，勿讓他們遭到終生無法抹去的恐怖夢魘與羞辱。
各 位網友試想：一個人被砍手斷腳之後是否形同廢人而無法自力謀生，除了嚴重打擊摧殘受刑人的自尊外，還給家庭、社會與國家帶來沈重的負擔。這種判決可說只有 百害而無一利，可是沙烏地阿拉伯這些腦殘的宗教學者、法官與統治者們，竟然愚不可及，只會死守那些過時、僵化與殘忍的回教法律，視人民如草芥與寇讎，實在可惡又可悲。
Saudi Arabia – Cross Amputation Of Limbs
Saudi Arabia is known to amputate limbs of criminals convicted of certain crimes. Now a court in Saudi Arabia has handed down a sentence of cross amputation on 6 men convicted of highway robbery, a rare form of judicial punishment. This has led to calls by Amnesty International and other human rights groups for the Saudi king to commute the cross amputation sentences (described as “horrific sentence”) even as the 6 men await the approval of the Supreme Court to carry out the sentence.
About The Case
In October 2010, six Bedouin men were arrested in Riyadh and thrown into Malaz prison. They were accused of commiting the crime of “highway robbery”. Amnesty International identified the 6 men as:
29-year old Barzn bin raheel al-Shammari
26-year old Amer bin Edi al-Jarbaa
25-year old Mohammad bin Ali al-Shammari
27-year old Mohammad bin Dhiyab Maddhi
30-year old Abdullah bin Dhiyab Maddhi
22-year old Bandar bin Abbas al-Asadi
All six accused were not represented by legal counsels when they were tried in March 2011 in a General Court in Riyadh and given the cross ampuation judicial sentence. In October 2011, a court of appeal upheld this cross amputation sentence. The case is now before the Supreme Court and the cross amputation sentence will be carried out if it gives the go ahead.
About Cross Amputation
The common judicial punishment for theft in Saudi Arabia is the amputation of the right hand. But for highway robbery, the punishment is cross amputation. Cross amputation is the amputation of a convicted person’s right hand and left foot.
According to Amnesty International, the six accused were beaten over a 8-day period, and one of them, Amer bin Edi al-Jarbaa, was threatened that his 3 brothers would be arrested if he did not confess. He was allegedly held in solitary confinement for 33 days after which he signed a confession without knowing its content. The others were also allegedly forced to sign confessions.
A statement from Amnesty International said concerning Amer bin Edi al-Jarbaa: “It appears that he signed a confession without knowing its contents and was later held in solitary confinement for 33 days.”
Philip Luther from Amnesty International said: “‘Cross amputation’ is a strikingly cruel form of punishment that amounts to torture and should have no place in a criminal justice system. We are urging the king to use his authority to urgently commute these sentences and spare these men this horrific punishment.”
Philip Luther added: “Carrying out a sentence like this would make a mockery of the fact that Saudi Arabia is a signatory to the international Convention against Torture.The Saudi Arabian authorities should take immediate steps to abolish this practice once and for all.”
Christoph Wilcke from Human Rights Watch said: “Cutting off someone’s hands and feet is torture, plain and simple.” Christoph Wilcke added: “Judicially sanctioned torture is abhorrent, and this verdict, if confirmed, would bespeak a state policy of torture.”
A statement issued by Human Rights Watch said: “Sharia law in criminal cases remains uncodified in Saudi Arabia, leaving judges wide discretion to classify certain acts as crimes and to set punishments.” Human Rights Watch aslo urged the Saudi Supreme Court to “void” the sentence. Separately it urged its Saudi counterpart, the Saudi Human Rights Commission, “to press for a retrial”.
But one online commentator looked at cross amputation from a different angle. She said: “Same side amputation of hand and foot would be crueler. After all, a crutch would be used on the side of the missing foot and there would be no way to maneuver the crutch without a hand. Perhaps cross amputation is the Sharia Court’s way of being merciful.”
Think About It
Should amputation of limbs, including cross amputation, be viewed as “torture”? If so, why is this form of judicial punishment not banned when Saudi Arabia is “a signatory to the International Convention against Torture”? By allowing amputation, including cross amputation, does it “bespeak a state policy of torture”? And is cross amputation really “the Sharia Court’s way of being merciful”?