Rabat - A Moroccan plasterer is facing amputation of his right hand for theft in Saudi Arabia.
Rabat – A Moroccan plasterer is facing amputation of his right hand for theft in Saudi Arabia.
According to news website Hespress, the 27-year-old Moroccan was arrested about a year ago in the city of Mecca, accused of stealing a wallet. He was tried before a Saudi court and he is currently held in prison.
The mother of the Moroccan worker was quoted as saying by Hespress that her son was sentenced to amputation of his right hand without given the chance to legal assistance or representation.
Amputations of the right hand are common verdicts in the ultra-conservative kingdom for offences mainly limited to cases of “theft” and “highway robbery”, which is punished by cross amputation (right hand and left foot).
Saudi Arabia conforms to the radical Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.