Saudi Rape Victim Pardoned


Saudi king pardons teenage rape victim

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RIYADH (AFP) — King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia pardoned a teenage girl sentenced to six months in jail and 200 lashes after being gang raped in a decision swiftly welcomed by Washington on Monday.

Justice Minister Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim al-Sheikh hailed the king’s “laudable instructions to grant the pardon”, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The sentence against the 19-year-old girl had drawn criticism of the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom from key ally President George W. Bush.

The girl, who was 18 at the time she was raped, was attacked at knifepoint by seven men after she was found in a car with a male companion who was not a relative, in breach of strict Saudi law.

The king also pardoned the male companion, the justice minister announced.

The victim’s identity has not been revealed but she has become known as “Qatif girl,” after the Shiite-populated area of Al-Qatif in the Eastern Province from which she comes.

In October 2006, a judge sentenced her to 90 lashes for being with the man — a taboo in the conservative Muslim kingdom which imposes segregation of the sexes.

She appealed against the sentence but despite her ordeal the court ruled that her punishment should be increased to 200 lashes and a six-month jail term.

The judges decided to punish the girl further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media,” a court source told the English-language daily Arab News.

The rapists were initially sentenced to one to five years in jail, but those terms were also toughened in November to between two and nine years.

A rape conviction carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, but the court did not impose it due to the “lack of witnesses” and the “absence of confessions,” the justice ministry said last month.

The girl’s husband praised the king for granting the pardon.

“This fatherly care and noble gesture will help (in) lifting the emotional and psychological stress and suffering that our family has been enduring,” the husband was quoted as saying on CNN television’s website.

“This is not something new because we know that the king was always generous in dealing with his people and the entire world,” the husband said. “This week, we have two holidays to celebrate; the Eid and this great news of the pardon.”

King Abdullah’s pardon came on the day that Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage as two million faithful set off from Mecca to the valley of Mina in Saudi Arabia. Source.

Good news to be sure. And how wonderful for her that her husband is so supportive.

Saudi king ‘pardons’ rape victim

Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Sheikh, the Saudi justice minister, told Al Jazirah daily that the pardon does not mean the king doubted the country’s judges, but instead acted in the “interests of the people”.

The girl’s sentencing had triggered international outrage.

“The king always looks into alleviating the suffering of the citizens when he becomes sure that these verdicts will leave psychological effects on the convicted people, though he is convinced and sure that the verdicts were fair.Source.

Heavy, heavy sigh. An 18 year old female who has suffered through the violent attack of a gang rape is ALREADY experiencing damaging psychological effects! Two hundred lashes after being raped, fair?!

Not in the civilized world!

But then again we are speaking of Saudi Arabia….

Previously: Saudi Arabia: Gang Rape Victim Receives 200 Lashes

7 Responses to “Saudi Rape Victim Pardoned”

  1. December 19, 2007 at 5:46 am

    While I applaud the motion, it is just sad that this wasn’t an act of compassion. far from it. It was an act to combat bad global PR over the incident. It is appalling that this happened in the first place considering the details of the situation. Anybody who thinks that this is acceptable treatment for somebody who was simply “out with the wrong men” needs to really take a step back and reevaluate their own lives. After all, what sort of personality does it take to be that way?

  2. December 19, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Yes more damage control as in the Hijab death of Aqsa Parvez. Perhaps connected with the arrival of Eid? (Just thinking out loud)

    The root cause is backwards antiquated oppressive sharia law. It needs to be abolished. IMHO All we can do for now is continue speaking out. The outside pressure and global outrage occurred only because awareness levels have been raised.

    They have been exposed.

    After all, what sort of personality does it take to be that way?


  3. December 19, 2007 at 6:18 am

    If you don’t mind, I was curious if you would like to render your opinion on a topic that was sparked off over on my blog this afternoon regarding the presence of religion in our culture. Don’t feel obligated or anything. I just like your viewpoint 🙂


  4. December 19, 2007 at 6:26 am

    I noticed the link in my referrals. Thanks BTW! I have the page open as I type and have been trying to read through the comments while cooking dinner. I will try to throw my thoughts into the mix, as soon as I can.

  5. December 19, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    IMHO All we can do for now is continue speaking out.

    This is true. What is sad, however, is that the politically correct crowd has been working overtime in trying to shut us up on topics like these because they are terrified of “offending” these people. Even when things get way out of hand (like in the UK or France) the feel-good crowd still makes great strides to make these people feel welcome and feel as if they don’t need to assimilate into our culture. I have always wondered, what changed? Why is it that for decades (or longer) immigrants came to their new countries and were expected to become citizens and abide by the cultures and laws of their new homes. Then along came the modern day spread of Islam and it all changed. Are we afraid of them, or is it just an unfortunate coincidence that it coincided with a shift in political and world views on our part?

  6. December 20, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Some are afraid. That is where the appeasement comes in. Followed by dhimmitude.

    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. – Churchill

    A definite shift in political and world views also. The left is high on their anti-war effort.
    Which makes the enemies of our enemies their friends. Adding a heaping scoop of P.C. B.S. as an added boost. Then the door opens wide…
    Post 9/11 fallout against Islam has been turned around in ‘their’ favor. Although they whine, the defense against profiling has helped them in a big way. Thou shall not discriminate. Not unlike other minorities. Plus since ‘Islam” is considered a religion. They have a loaded weapon they can aim at us to push us around.
    The case in Canada against Mark Steyn is a prime example. The Canadian Islamic Congress is going as far as to claim Steyn has violated their human rights. Gee whiz!

    This is the icing on their cake.
    International Islamophobia Conference <–server down at the moment Back up!
    Maybe I will sue them for bigotry against Christianity. /sarc

  7. December 21, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Post 9/11 fallout against Islam has been turned around in ‘their’ favor.

    You got that right. It’s sickening how they can claim to be so thin skinned when they are the ones out there doing all of the psychotic things (or at least supporting the use of psychotic methods) to support their religious viewpoint. I mean, I don’t remember the exact number, but didn’t a huge percentage of Islamic youth living in the “west” claim to support suicide bombing as an acceptable means of supporting their religion? There are really no real good reasons not to put the entire culture as a whole under severe scrutiny, yet our hands get tied by political correctness and a severe misinterpretation of what American civil liberties really are, thanks in no small part to bastard organizations like the ACLU (that’s American Civil Liberal Union)…

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