Thursday, November 15, 2007

Criminal "Justice" in Saudi

Gaaaah! This makes me mad. What is it, exactly, that makes people think it's a-okay to beat a victim of gang-rape and then more than double the number of lashes and tack on a prison stay for good measure just because she appealed?!?!

"But the victim was also punished for violating Saudi Arabia's laws on segregation that forbid unrelated men and women from associating with each other. She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in the car of a strange man.

On appeal, the Arab News reported that the punishment was not reduced but increased to 200 lashes and a six-month prison sentence.


The Arab News quoted an official as saying the judges had decided to punish the girl for trying to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media."

[BBC: Saudi gang-rape victim is jailed]

1 comment:

Sabira said...

The last I heard about this case, there was enough international appeal to either lessen or cancel the punishment...I don't remember the exact outcome, but I DO remember that the situation improved a bit for this poor girl....and yes it is still out of the scope of Islam what happens in the Kingdom!!!