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Saudi Justice Ministry Defends Punishment of Rape Victim

The Saudi government tried to defend its decision to increase a rape victim's punishment for being alone with a man not her relative from 90 lashes to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison. Once again, the House of Saud proves that its country is not a safe place for women:

The Saudi Justice Ministry Tuesday issued a "clarification" of a court's handling of a rape case and the increased punishment -- including 200 lashes --meted out to the victim.

The case, which has sparked media scrutiny of the Saudi legal system, centers on a married woman. The 19-year-old, and an unrelated man, were abducted, and she raped, by a group of seven men more than a year ago, according to Abdulrahman al-Lahim, the attorney who represented her in court.

The woman was originally sentenced in October 2006 to 90 lashes. But that sentence was more than doubled to 200 lashes and six months in prison by the Qatif General Court, because, a court source told Middle Eastern daily newspaper Arab News, she spoke to the media about the case.

Al-Lahim told CNN his law license was revoked last week by a judge because he spoke to the Saudi-controlled media about the case. Video Watch the emotional toll the crime took on the rape

The Justice Ministry acknowledged in its statement Tuesday that the attorney is no longer on the case, saying he was punished by a disciplinary committee for lawyers because he "exhibited disrespectful behavior toward the court, objected to the rule of law and showed ignorance concerning court instructions and regulations."

It added that the permanent committee of the Supreme Judicial Council recommended an increased sentence for the woman after further evidence against her came to light when she appealed her original sentence.

The judges of that committee also increased the sentences for the perpetrators based on the level of their involvement in the crime. Their sentences -- which had been two to three years in prison -- were increased to two to nine years, according to al-Lahim.

The ministry also said it welcomes constructive criticism and insisted that the parties' rights were preserved in the judicial process.

The parties' rights were preserved? The rape victim's rights were not preserved; they were stomped and spit upon. It will be a miracle in itself if this poor woman survives to serve her 6 months in prison after all 200 lashes are carried out. That's probably what this sentence is designed to do: kill her.


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Comments (18)

Hi: You're correct, the Ho... (Below threshold)

Hi: You're correct, the House of Saud excels mainly in barbarism and hatred of women.

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steve maloney
ambridge, pa

It would help keep the Russell momentum going if you could bring this to the attention of your readers.

Religion of Peace.... (Below threshold)

Religion of Peace.

Nothing to see here.

Move along please.

Saudi Arabia is a barbaric ... (Below threshold)
Scott in CA:

Saudi Arabia is a barbaric theocratic police state with oil. It's time to call it what it is and move on. There are no "rights" SA - period.

I cannot wait till the day ... (Below threshold)

I cannot wait till the day the Saudi oil wells dry up. I wish all the middle east would dry up and those assholes would go back to screwing camels in the desert while living in tents.

From what I understand, she... (Below threshold)

From what I understand, she was sentenced for being in a car with an unrelated man, not for the rape. To western eyes that seems like a pretty stupid law, but it is the law there. And she surely knew it.

The extra time was for pissing off the judges. Piss off a judge in the US and see if that doesn't get you extra time here too.

But you're right, it's a barbaric place. I had a friend who went to SA in the '70s as an engineer for Bechtel. They told him the first thing he should do when he arrived is arrange surreptitious passage out of the country with a freighter captain. In Saudi Arabia, you can be thrown in jail for a contract dispute with a citizen. And they don't feed you - your family is supposed to bring food.

Yeah, let's keep the Russel... (Below threshold)

Yeah, let's keep the Russell momentum going, Maloney.

"Hey Blue Dog Democrat/politically independent friend, have you heard of William Russell? He's a political upstart, a real maverick who isn't afraid to let jerks make off-topic blog comments on a post about the human rights record of Saudi Arabia."

I'd vote for Mr. Russell if part of his campaign was denouncing the war in Iraq and advocating a hard line against the Wahabbist slime in Riyadh.

Islamic law treats women as... (Below threshold)

Islamic law treats women as chattel property. They have more rights than slaves did, but only to a limited extent.

After all, if the ideal is the 7th Century . . .


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reader ~ The odds are long against Russell denouncing the war in Iraq, but it's okay. I doubt he would welcome your support anyway.

the whore deserves it! *des... (Below threshold)
faisal turki al-saud:

the whore deserves it! *deserves it*, i tell you! next time, we will NOT show our magnificent islamic mercy! we ever catch her in a car again, we're gonna *stone* her! hell, we may even declare her an honorary christian, and crucify her! how 'bout that, kaffirs? huh?!?! you got problem with THAT?!??

More bad stuff from a U.S. ... (Below threshold)

More bad stuff from a U.S. "friend".

Please dont equate Saudi la... (Below threshold)

Please dont equate Saudi law with Islamic law. They're not even close.

Elisa: It IS Islamic Law t... (Below threshold)

Elisa: It IS Islamic Law that a woman cannot be alone in the company of a non-family-male. I'd say the Saudis are pretty close.

SA is an Islamic state and ... (Below threshold)

SA is an Islamic state and has draconian laws by any standard. They just don't care what the rest of the world thinks and will do as they see fit until the money spigot gets cut off.

Until then they are our 'friends' and as such they will be treated with kid gloves diplomatically no matter how much they are dispised by the general populace here.

They are also the #1 sponsor of islamofasist terrorism.


Please dont equate Saudi... (Below threshold)

Please dont equate Saudi law with Islamic law. They're not even close.

You're kidding, right? Please tell me you are.

More bad stuff from a U.... (Below threshold)

More bad stuff from a U.S. "friend".
That from the man who constantly defends the commie dictatorship in totalitarian China where they kill democracy advocates.
Stay classy man.

"From what I understand, sh... (Below threshold)

"From what I understand, she was sentenced for being in a car with an unrelated man, not for the rape. To western eyes that seems like a pretty stupid law, but it is the law there. And she surely knew it."

Which proves that some laws are just abominations.

Well, there are different k... (Below threshold)

Well, there are different kinds of Islamic law. Suffis, for instance, don't torture or kill women for discretions such as this.

Don't paint with too broad a brush. After all, you wouldn't want people in other countries to confuse you with one of Bush's 28 percenters here, right?

Suadi Injustice Misstrey th... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Suadi Injustice Misstrey the scales are tilted too far to one side

Maybe Bushie should talk to... (Below threshold)

Maybe Bushie should talk to his good buddy, Bandar Bush about all this. Nah, no matter what Saudi Arabia does, no matter that most of the 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia (none from Iraq by the way), The Chimp would never come down hard on the Saudis, for he loves the oil too much.






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