Via Instapundit we find this charming item at the Corner by Andy McCarthy:

At his sentencing proceeding, al-Turki declined to apologize because, he said, he was engaged in “traditional Muslim behaviors” and thus did not commit any crimes. The judge, engaging in traditional American judicial behaviors, aptly slammed him with a sentence of 27 years to life in jail.

The prosecutor got a trip to Saudi Arabia to explain why al Turki fared poorly in a proper court.

Meanwhile, let’s see what happens back in al-Turki’s home territory. Sweetness and Light quotes an AP report on what can can happen to female rape victims:

That night, she said, she had left home to retrieve her picture from a male high school student she used to know. She had just been married – but had not moved in with her husband – and did not want her picture to remain with the student.

While the woman was in the car with the student, she said, two men intercepted them, got into the vehicle and drove the couple to a secluded area where the two were separated. She said she was raped by seven men, three of whom also allegedly raped her friend.

In a trial that ended in November – in which the prosecutor asked for the death penalty for the seven men – four of the men received between one and five years in prison plus 80 to 1,000 lashes, said the woman. Three others are awaiting sentencing. Neither the defendants nor the plaintiffs retained lawyers, as is common here.

“The big shock came when the judge sentenced me and the man to 90 lashes each,” said the woman. The sentence was handed down as part of the rape trial. Lashes are usually spread over several days, dealt around 50 at a time.

The sentences have yet to be carried out, but the punishments ordered have caused an uproar.

“Because I could make no sense (of the sentence) and became in dire need of patience, I muttered after I read the verdict against the Girl of Qatif: ‘My heart is with you,’” wrote Fatima al-Faqeeh in a column in Al-Watan newspaper.

Justice in Saudi Arabia is administered by a system of religious courts according to the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Judges – appointed by the king on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council – have complete discretion to set sentences, except in cases where Sharia outlines a punishment, such as capital crimes.

That means no two judges would likely hand down the same verdict for similar crimes. A rapist, for instance, could receive anywhere from a light or no sentence to death, depending on the judge.

Interesting how the two cases collide. In America, a man raping an unpaid slave gets his just deserts. In the country that gave birth to Islam, the victim can fare as badly as the rapist(s). Of course, the ACLU and the feminist lobby have no interest in either case. Figures.

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