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Saudi Arabia Says Paralysis Sentence Is False

4/9/2013 10:00 PM ET

Saudi Arabia's Justice Ministry has denied reports of an apparent sentencing over a stabbing that left one person paralyzed.

A spokeswoman from the justice ministry said reports that allowed the stabbing suspect to pay his way out of the sentence were completely false, multiple media sources report.

The report that caused chaos among human rights groups came from the Saudi Gazette. The report said a then 14-year-old stabbed his friend in the back that left him permanently paralyzed. Additionally, it said the stabbing suspect had the chance to avoid the sentence if he was able to pay the victim $226,000.

According to Gulf News, a statement the ministry said on Twitter read, "The ministry would like to announce that this is utterly incorrect, and in fact the judicial ruling was contrary to that. The judge had shied away from demanding this punishment," FoxNews.com reports.

The man guilty of stabbing his friend has been in prison for ten years and is now 24 years old.

by RTT Staff Writer

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