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Saudi King Pardons Rape Victim

by @ 7:43 am on December 17, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Islam, Religion, Saudi Arabia

The King of Saudi Arabia has pardoned the rape victim who was sentenced to 200 lashes for being in public with a man:

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pardoned a female rape victim who had been sentenced to 200 lashes for being alone with a man at the time of the attack who was not related to her, a Saudi newspaper reported Monday.

The case had sparked international outcry. In a rare criticism of its Mideast ally, the White House had expressed its ”astonishment” over the woman’s sentence. Canada called it barbaric.

Saudi Justice Minister Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Sheik told al-Jazirah newspaper that the pardon does not mean the king doubted the country’s judges, but instead acted in the ”interests of the people.”

”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,” al-Jazirah quoted al-Sheik as saying.

The question is how many other women have suffered a similar fate in secret ?

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