Saudi Arabia: Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th January 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were made to the King of Saudi Arabia on the recent threatened punishment of a 19-year-old female rape victim.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Government raised the threatened punishment of a 19-year old rape victim with the Saudi authorities on several occasions, both before and after the case went to appeal. The Government also supported EU action co-ordinated by the German presidency in Riyadh.

In December 2007, King Abdullah granted a Royal Pardon to the victim.

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