Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques pardons Qatif girl 2 Arafat, Saudi Arabia

الثلاثاء 1428/12/8 هـ الموافق 2007/12/18 م واس
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Speaking to the Saudi TV Al Alsheikh quoted the King as saying that the woman was subject to brutal crime, but mistake in pardoning is less than a mistake in punishment, according to Islamic jurists. As no final rule was issued by the court besides that what she received was a tongue-lashing rule, we are allowed to pardon her, the King said, adding that this decision brings about public interest and evades corruption taking into consideration that the woman and her companion were subject to psychological and physical pressures that could be considered enough punishment for them.
Addressing the Minister of Justice, the Monarch ordered the suspension of the suit, the release of the two defendants according to regulation and the continuation of trying the rest of the accused with the most punitive sentence. The King reminded that no mercy for those who dare to violate the Islamic laws and instructions and the state's system and security.
In remarks to the TV, the minister drew the attention to the combination of adhering to Sharia law and parental kindness that were reflected by the royal order.
He denied rumors that the license of Abdulrahman Al-Lahem, the lawyer who pleaded for the defendants, was withdrawn or cancelled. No decision was made by the Ministry (of Justice) against the lawyer in this regard, he said.
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