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Saudi Girl to Get 90 Lashes, Prison for Bringing Phone to School

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Daily Mail: A 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months' prison in Saudi Arabia after she took a mobile phone to school.

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A court ordered the girl to be flogged in front of her classmates following an assault on the school principal, according to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan.

After the assault she was discovered to have concealed a mobile phone, breaking strict Saudi regulations banning the use of camera-equipped phones in girls' schools.

Al-Watan said a court in the northeastern Gulf port of Jubail had sentenced the girl to 90 lashes inside her school, followed by two months' detention.

The punishment is harsher than that dished out to some robbers and looters.

Saudi Arabia, a leading U.S. ally in the Middle East, is an absolute monarchy controlled by the Al-Saud ruling tribe, and lacks any legal code.

King Abdullah has promoted some social reforms since taking the throne in 2005 but diplomats say he is held back by religious clerics and princes.

Cinemas and music concerts are banned, while many restaurants and even some shopping centres cater to families only, especially on holidays.

Religious police roam streets to make sure no unrelated men and women mix.

The Saudi court system is exclusively controlled Wahahbi/Salafi clerics, and bans the employment of non-Salafi citizens, especially as judges.

Saudi Arabia is the world's leading country in the use of torture-by-flogging, public beheadings and publically crucifying condemned prisoners.

The country crucified two people in 2009, including one in the capital Riyadh during President Barak Obama's visit last April.

In September, twenty Saudi teenagers who ransacked shops and restaurants were publicly flogged.

Newspapers reported that the teenagers received at least 30 lashes each in a public square.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 20, 2010, 10:01 PM

Guess she should’ve followed the rules.

mistralu January 22, 2010, 12:25 PM

no phone please

John Brittingham March 29, 2010, 9:20 AM

It’s these represive governments that are spawning terrorism. Blaming the victims is a sign of psychosis. How on earth is beating this child going to help anyone?

a a September 9, 2010, 4:01 AM

First I want to tell you that this picture is not one of Saudi Arabia we are much better than the piece and we have the way we set our community about the immorality, thefts, and we are the best country in the world of security and greetings to you and proud of Arabia

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