Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saudi man awarded death sentence for reported sexual harassment

The man was supposedly trying to 'blackmail' the woman with initiate pictures of herself? How did he get these pictures? And if he really did have these intimate pictures that he was not supposed to ~ isn't it customary in Arabia to punish the woman first.

There is something wrong with this picture.

And what is considered an intimate photo in Arabia ~ a picture of a woman's face or of parts of the head ~ like the ears. I think there was a soldier or some other westerner going to Saudi Arabia ~ and had to leave a picture of his grandma with airport security ~ as it was deemed to offensive!

It could be that they want to present the world with an iron clad / rational looking case, to cover up their reckless use of the death penalty. Possibly trying to avoid the outcry with the stoning case in Iran.

Even if the guy was harassing the woman ~ with all those religious police ~ to guard against vice ~ it would seem an extreme measure to put the man to death.

This is a form of terror !!

Riyadh, Oct 23 (DPA) A judge in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for sexually harassing a woman -- in what is believed to be the first verdict of its kind in the country.

According to a local Saudi news reports Saturday, a judge in the town of Arar found the man guilty of trying to blackmail the woman with intimate pictures of herself.

The woman, who was a government employee, allegedly complained several times to the Virtue Police, a force tasked with enforcing Islamic Sharia law as defined by the government. Police then arrested the man as he tried to harass her at her place of work.

The accused man has 40 days from the date of the verdict to appeal the case.

Meanwhile, another judge in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man this week to four months in prison, 140 lashes and fined him 2,000 riyals (about $533) for defaming two men on the internet by suggesting they were promiscuous. This led to slander against their family names as well, according to the court.

Saudi Arabia has been widely criticised by international groups for its interpretation of Islamic Sharia law and for its application of punishment in criminal cases.

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