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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:32 AM

Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape may face charges

Source: CNN


Abu Dhabi (CNN) A Dutch woman who reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar has been jailed since mid-March and could face charges of adultery, according to her lawyer.

The 22-year-old woman, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was at a hotel bar having drinks with a friend, but then had a drink that made her feel "very unwell," according to Brian Lokollo, a lawyer who was hired by the woman's family.

She reportedly woke up in an unfamiliar location and realized "to her great horror" that she had been raped after her drink was spiked, Lokollo said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-held/index.html

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:34 AM

1. More reasons to avoid Islamic theocracies for vacation.

 

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Response to Feeling the Bern (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:10 PM

9. I would not visit a country governed by Islamic law.

No way.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:40 AM

2. the state department should warn against travel to such retrograde theocracies

 

The woman here is being victimized again by the government.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:42 AM

3. The Qatar government flies cover for rapists.

Sickening.

She gets raped and faces adultery charges?

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:48 AM

5. Best to just avoid the entire Arabian Peninsula.

It's mostly just a bunch of Bedouin barbarians who got suddenly rich from oil, the kind of people who back it the day made a living off of making smash and grab raids on settled Middle-Easterners.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:52 PM

6. A lot here that isn't being told

 

Where was her "friend" in all of this? Was her "friend" the one who raped her, and if so, why aren't they being charged with at least the same thing she is? If not, where was the "friend" in all of this, and why is there no account from them of what happened?

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:40 PM

7. According to the BBC, the alleged rapist is also under arrest.

He claims the sex was consensual.

The lawyers are watching what they say about this.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36508590

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Response to Eugene (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:07 PM

8. Interesting...the BBC story makes no mention of a "friend"

 

that she was drinking with. And the account of hers that the BBC reports opens up a lot of other possibilities about who could have drugged her drink, especially if she was alone.

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:49 PM

15. on some dutch websites

there's talk of her and the 'friend' being in Qatar for negotionable affection. The government now has that looked in to.

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Response to BB1 (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:06 PM

17. What is negotionable affection?

 

Can you clarify?

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:27 PM

10. Why any woman would go to a Middle Eastern hell-hole for vacation

I'll never know. Still, what happened wasn't her fault and I hope the rapist is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Although in a country like that I doubt very much that she will see justice.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:58 PM

11. Qatar is a state sponsor of Daesh terrorism.

Not surprised at all of their behavior in the case.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:46 PM

12. Just remember. It is a tiny minority of Muslims who treat women as less than equal to men.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:50 PM

13. This is why I will never visit the middle east (and a few other places)

No matter how much I love history and would like to see certain places, I won't go anywhere with archaic and misogynistic laws.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:53 PM

14. Bad move visiting that country.

 

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:05 PM

16. Something is very wrong with the world

 

And humanity in general.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 09:18 AM

18. Dutch woman held in Qatar after rape claim to be deported

A Dutch woman who spent three months in custody in Qatar after reporting that she was raped is to be deported having been found guilty of adultery.

The 22-year-old from Utrecht was given a one-year prison sentence by a Qatari court, suspended for three years. She was not present at the hearing. The woman was fined 3,000 riyal (600).

The man she accused of attacking her, a Syrian national, was sentenced to 140 lashes for having extramarital sex and drinking alcohol. He was not charged with rape.

He claimed that the sex had been consensual and that the woman had gone to the authorities following a row. The man alleged that she had demanded money, and tried to steal his watch and mobile phone.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/13/dutch-woman-qatar-rape-claim-to-be-deported

As her father says, deportation is good - I bet she never wants to set foot in the benighted country again. The suspended sentence is in a way irrelevant, but the fine is victim-blaming. I don't like a sentence of lashes for anything.

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