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Saudi Rape Victim Pardoned for Being Alone in Car

Posted Dec 17, 2007 2:10 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pardoned a woman who was sentenced to prison for being alone in a car with a man before she was raped by seven men.

The woman’s sentence was increased to six months in prison and 200 lashes when she appealed a shorter original sentence, the Associated Press reports. The appeals court also pulled the law license of the woman’s lawyer, human rights activist Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem.

The woman claimed she was merely trying to retrieve a photograph of herself from the man, a former boyfriend, according to the New York Times. Her case provoked international criticism, including a statement from the White House calling the sentence outrageous, the Associated Press reported.

Updated 1:24 p.m. CST.

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