Wahaby Style Saudi Justice
piece of news was on the CBS news. Now I wonder how Westerners would feel about
our religion after reading it. The West, and some Muslim countries, have the
idea that Saudi Arabia is the Islamic regime that uphold Muslim values. Now, in
all honesty, do you blame them when they take a very negative attitude towards
What are we, and other true Muslims, are going to do about this? Just keep
I wonder how the heads of Azhar view this ruling! And if they donít agree why do
they keep their silence?
Sad, to put it mildly.
Saudi Rape Victim Gets 200 Lashes
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 16, 2007
Unidentified Saudi women walk along a suburban
street in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in this Nov. 15, 2006 file photo
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
(CBS/AP)A Saudi court sentenced a woman who had been gang raped to six months in
jail and 200 lashes - more than doubling her initial penalty for being in the
car of a man who was not a relative, a newspaper reported Thursday.
The decision by the Qatif General Court came in a case that had sparked rare
debate about the kingdom's justice system when it surfaced more than a year ago.
In its decision Wednesday, the court also roughly doubled prison sentences for
the seven men convicted of raping the 19-year-old woman, the Arab News reported
on its English-language Web site.
According to Arab News, the court said the woman's punishment was increased
because of "her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the
The New York Times reported that her lawyer, Abdulrahman al-Lahem, is a
well-known human rights activist who angered the court by publicly criticizing
the verdict. He said the verdict was too lenient for the rapists and unjust for
The victim had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes afteitially been sentenced
to 90 lashes after being convicting her of violating Saudi's rigid laws on
segregation of the sexes.
Under Saudi Arabia's interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, women are not allowed
in public in the company of men other than their male relatives.
The court also banned her lawyer from defending her, confiscated his license to
practice law and summoned him to a disciplinary hearing later this month.
The initial sentences for the men convicted of the gang rape ranged from 10
months to five years in prison. Their new sentences range from two to nine
years, the paper said.
The attack took place in 2006. The woman has said that it occurred as she tried
to retrieve her picture from a male high school student she used to know. While
in the car with the student, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a
secluded area. She said she was raped there by seven men, three of whom also
attacked her friend.
Reports of the story triggered debate about Saudi Arabia's legal system, in
which judges have wide discretion in punishing a criminal, rules of evidence are
shaky and sometimes no defense lawyers are present. The result, critics say, are
sentences left to the whim of judges.
The judges, appointed by the king, have a wide discretion in handing down
sentences, often said to depend on their whim. A rapist, for instance, could
receive anywhere from a light or no sentence, to death.
The woman was identified in the media only as the Girl from Qatif. The case was
referred back to the General Court by an appeals court last summer, after her
lawyer went public with his criticism of the verdict.
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