Monday 12 December 2011

Twitter Pardons Don't Carry Much Weight in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman who was sentenced to flogging but then apparently pardoned still faces the lash for driving a car in the Sharia-adherent kingdom. The news of her pardon first came in September from the Twitter account of Princess Ameera Al Taweel, wife of billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who wrote, "Thank God, the lashing of Sheima is cancelled. Thanks to our beloved King. I'm sure all Saudi Women will be so happy, I know I am." According to The Atlantic's Nivien Saleh, Talal had spoken to the Saudi King on behalf of the convicted Shaima Jastaniah. more..

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