In Saudi-Arabia a woman, who was sitting in a car with non-relative male (a crime), was ambushed and raped by 7 men. She was convicted to 90 whiplashes and that sentence has been firmed up to 200 and 6 months imprisonment in an appeal case. For publishing the verdict, her lawyer saw his license removed and being prosecuted too. The US government is “surprized” *) but refused to condemn the verdict. But hey, S-A is a friend isn’t it? Nice, very nice. This is what Human Rights Watch has to say about it:
“A courageous young woman faces lashing and prison for speaking out about her efforts to find justice,” said Farida Deif, researcher in the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. “This verdict not only sends victims of sexual violence the message that they should not press charges, but in effect offers protection and impunity to the perpetrators.”
The 7 men were convicted to 2-9 years.
Earlier on the nest: The Saudi’s.
Note: *) This is a double translation and might not be the exact word used.
Added Dec 17th: King Abdullah granted pardon to the woman. It is not clear to me if she was imprisoned in the mean time.