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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.


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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