A 19 year old woman was gang raped by seven men. THE VICTIM was sentenced to 90 lashes for meeting with a man, who was not her husband, in public. After her lawyer spoke to the media about this case, his license was revoked and THE VICTIM’S sentence was increased to 200 lashes and six months in jail. Where? Saudi Arabia.
Our government’s response:
Shying away from criticism of key ally, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called the case and the punishment "surprising" and "astonishing."
"While this is a judicial procedure -- part of a judicial procedure -- overseas in courts outside of our country, still while it is very difficult to offer any detailed comment about this situation, I think most people would be quite astonished by the situation, " McCormack said.
"I can't get involved in specific court cases in Saudi Arabia dealing with its own citizens. But most people here would be quite surprised to learn of the circumstances and then the punishment meted out," he said.
Why are we allies?