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Saudi Arabia: Further Information on UA 69/07 - Fear of Flogging/ Prisoners of conscience/ Torture and other ill-treatment

, Index number: MDE 23/003/2008

The sentences of flogging and imprisonment imposed on a 20-year-old woman rape victim, known only as the "Girl from al-Qatif", and her male companion are reported to have been dropped under a pardon granted by Saudi Arabia’s Head of State, King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. They were convicted in 2006 for a Khilwa offence under Shariah law.

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