Monday, December 3, 2007

The Girl from Qatif

The following from, the London Telegraph, needs no commenting:

Last Updated: 1:53am GMT 17/11/2007
A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison after she was the victim of a gang rape.
The sentence against the 19-year-old Shia woman from Qatif, in the Eastern Province of the country, was passed because she was in the car of a man who was not a relative at the time of the attack, which contravened strict Saudi laws on segregation.
A court had originally sentenced the woman to 90 lashes and the rapists to jail terms of between 10 months and five years but increased the punishment after an appeal, saying the woman had tried to use the media to influence them.
According to the Arab News newspaper, the woman was gang-raped 14 times.
Her offence was in meeting a former boyfriend, whom she had asked to return pictures he had of her because she was about to marry another man.
The couple was sitting in a car when a group of seven Sunni men kidnapped them and raped them both, lawyers in the case told Arab News.
The former boyfriend was also sentenced to 90 lashes for being with her in private.
The victims' lawyer, Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem, was also ordered to face disciplinary action after he spoke to the media about the original sentence.

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