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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Mind boggling news story.

This one is so insane, I just can't seem to even believe it's real. But it's on the internet, so it must be true.

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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.

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Re: Mind boggling news story.

That's just beyond ridiculous. Punishment just for the sake of punishment.
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200 LASHES?!
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Re: Mind boggling news story.

Doesn't surprise me in the least.
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Re: Mind boggling news story.

Why bother commenting, you'll just be answered with "It's no worse than the way Americans treat _______"
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Why bother commenting, you'll just be answered with "It's no worse than the way Americans treat _______"

I haven't treated anyone like that......Not that there weren't a few people that I thought deserved it. But human dignity, mercy and compassion should rule in the end. Heck, I've probably 'deserved' lashes a few times.
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alot of our politicians would seem to fit in well with that crew of lashers.

what is worse 200 lashes or what we are doing in iraq?

evolution just works tooooooo slooooooooow ...glen
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what is worse 200 lashes or what we are doing in iraq?

THAT'S what Im talking about.

What's worse apples or oranges.
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hehe... when you open that door a crack it tends to get crashed in ...glen
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yep, time to sit back and watch the thread collapse
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Re: Mind boggling news story.

It's amazing to me when countries and/ or governments that can adapt to 21st century technologies, govern their citizens with 2000 year old laws.
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Re: Mind boggling news story.

Quick question: What's the record for how fast a thread has been locked?
I just have a feeling about this one...
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many before have been locked faster.

what is interesting is our fascination with other cultures and societal laws of countries which are none of our business

in the meantime you have stuff like this ignored by the do-good'ers-gone-wild...
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WASHINGTON - Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday.
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many before have been locked faster.
So it may take awhile?
I do believe I'll have some of that popcorn
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