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Egyptian doctor sentenced to jail in Saudi Arabia

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The doctor was put on trial for botched circumcisions on seven baby boys

El-Sayed was charged with carrying out an operation that is outside his field of specialisation and without a licence. (AFP Photo)

El-Sayed was charged with carrying out an operation that is outside his field of specialisation and without a licence.
(AFP Photo)

On Sunday night, The Saudi Legislative Medical Committee issued a six month jail sentence to Nasser El-Sayed, an Egyptian doctor currently living in Saudi Arabia.

El-Sayed was also fined 100,000 Saudi Riyals, an equivalent of over $ 26,500 USD. El-Sayed’s licence to practice medicine in Saudi Arabia has been revoked. State-run MENA reported that he is no longer allowed to practice medicine in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

El-Sayed faced trial for damaging the penises of seven baby boys after putting them under the knife for circumcision. The court has decided, however, to postpone ruling on the case until a full medical report on the extent of the damage that the babies sustained is produced.

El-Sayed was charged with carrying out an operation that is outside his field of specialisation and without a licence. El-Sayed was being tried for a medical error, angering the children’s families who wanted him to be tried for a felony.

The medical institution in which El-Sayed worked will be shut down for 60 days and will be fined 100,000 Saudi Riyals.

The court hearing was attended by the families of the baby boys and a representative of the Egyptian Embassy.


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