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Saudi Arabia: King urged to commute 'cross amputation' sentences

Headline Title:  Saudi Arabia must commute 'cross amputation' sentences 16 December 2011 Six men facing amputation of their right hands and left feet for “highway robbery” must have their sentences commuted by the King, Amnesty International said today. The sentence of “cross amputation” is currently before the Supreme Court for approval and could take place in the coming days if also ratified by the King. “ ‘Cross amputation’ is a strikingly cruel form of punishment that amounts to torture and should have no place in a criminal justice system,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty…

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