Archive for November 16th, 2007

Saudi Arabia: Gang Rape Victim Punished With 200 Lashes and Jail

November 16, 07

I’m at a loss for words. Gone are my witty and sarcastic remarks. All I can convey is my deep HATRED for the injustice of the courts.

UPDATE 18 Dec 2007: Saudi King pardons rape victim.


Via Little Green Footballs via breitbart, and also at Hot Air:

A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.

Last year, the court sentenced six Saudi men to between one and five years in jail for the rape as well as ordering lashes for the victim, a member of the minority Shiite community.

But the woman’s lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahem appealed, arguing that the punishments were too lenient in a country where the offence can carry the death penalty.

In the new verdict issued on Wednesday, the Al-Qatif court also toughened the sentences against the six men to between two and nine years in prison.

The case has angered members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite community. The convicted men are Sunni Muslims, the dominant community in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Lahem, also a human rights activist, told AFP on Wednesday that the court had banned him from handling the rape case and withdrew his licence to practise law because he challenged the verdict.

He said he has also been summoned by the ministry of justice to appear before a disciplinary committee in December.

Lahem said the move might be due to his criticism of some judicial institutions, and “contradicts King Abdullah’s quest to introduce reform, especially in the justice system.”

King Abdullah last month approved a new body of laws regulating the judicial system in Saudi Arabia, which rules on the basis of sharia, or Islamic law.


It’s no use remarking that they will realize how unjust their system and laws are if the day comes when their own mother, wife or daughter is raped. After all, these are the people who murder their own family in the name of ‘honour’.

So what I hope is that one day, the judges and misogynistic ulamas will all wake up and find themselves – horror of horrors – women.

And about to be brutally gang raped (as punishment for someone else’s crimes!).

Then lashed for their immoral behaviour.

And finally mocked as pieces of meat who were asking to be raped.

Then and only then will they realize what it is like to be a victim of their own brand of fascist interpretation and implementation of Islam.

Hey you Nik Aziz and Sheik Hilaly! Me Grimscot talking to you! Me think you no talk so stupid if you be woman yourself!

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