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Saudi Arabia: Fear of flogging

, Index number: MDE 23/016/2007

According to press reports, a court in the northern region of Hail has sentenced 16 secondary and middle school pupils, believed to be aged between 12 and 18, to a total of 5,800 lashes, in addition to prison terms. The 16 pupils, all of whom may be children (under the age of 18), are at risk of imminent flogging.

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