Saudi Arabia: Academic gets 600 lashes for 'phone relationship' with female pupil

by Kal El on July 31, 2008 · 0 comments

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A chemist in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 600 lashes (with a leather whip) and 8 months in prison, for allegedly having a relationship with a married student, via cell phone. The woman got 450 lashes and 4 months. How peaceful and tolerant.

Riad, 30 July (AKI) – A Saudi court has sentenced a chemistry professor to 600 lashes and 8 months in jail for a ‘telephone relationship’ with a female student.

The student, whose marriage allegedly broke down as result of the relationship got 350 lashes and 4 months in prison.

The academic, who worked in a teaching hospital in the south of the country was convicted on the basis of the student’s husband’s testimony, according to Arabic satellite TV station Al-Arabiya.

The student’s husband claimed his marriage broke down in 2004 as a result of his wife’s relationship with the academic, who has said he will appeal the sentences at the Supreme Council of Magistrates.

The academic also hopes human rights groups will back his case.

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