Saudi Justice

_23109_saudi-woman.jpgThe term “perversion of justice” is not an exaggeration here: Human Rights Watch recently reported that a Saudi Arabian court has doubled its sentence of lashings for a rape victim who had spoken out in public about her case. The court also harassed her lawyer, banning him from the case and confiscating his professional license:

An official at the General Court of Qatif, which handed down the sentence on November 14, said the court had increased the woman’s sentence because of “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.” The court sentenced the rape victim to six months in prison and 200 lashes, more than double its October 2006 sentence after its earlier verdict was reviewed by Saudi Arabia’s highest court, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary.

Click here to read the full HRW report. Here is the contact info for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington if you’re feeling like conveying your outrage.

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