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Saudi officials, meanwhile, say they are trying to persuade the paralyzed man to drop the demand that the defendant’s spinal cord be severed and instead accept compensation.

A spokesman for the court said it had ruled for monetary compensation to be paid to Mr. al-Mutairi and that the Tabuk provincial governor, Prince Fahad Bin Sultan, had ordered mediation between the two parties, according to a Reuters news agency report from Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

“Mutairi did request that the attacker face the same bodily harm he received, but the court ruled that he is to obtain a financial compensation agreed upon between the two parties,” the spokesman said.

“When Mutairi insisted that the assailant face the same condition he is in, we contacted hospitals to persuade him that such operation may cause death. The governor is sending envoys to mediate,” he added.

Retaliation cases in which organs are removed have been exceedingly rare over the past few years in the kingdom and get very little Saudi attention.

It is customary in Saudi Arabia and many other parts of the Islamic world for people of good intention to try to persuade the victim’s family to either issue a pardon or accept compensation.

In the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, an official committee is tasked with intervening with the families.

Saudi royals usually contribute toward any financial settlement, while ordinary Saudis also often give money.

“There will be a lot of pressure, political and social, not to inflict the same punishment, but to accept money or issue a pardon,” Mr. Wilcke said.

But, he added, there have been cases in which even exceedingly poor families have turned down millions of riyals and insist that they want the punishment to be meted out.