Friday, September 01, 2006

Saudi gets long sentence

Rocky Mountain News reported Sniffles and sobs resonated in a packed courtroom Thursday as a Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison. Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, was also ordered to serve eight additional years for theft charges. He denied in Arapahoe County District Court that he enslaved the woman and said authorities targeted him because of his religion. "Your honor, I am not here to apologize, for I cannot apologize for things I did not do and for crimes I did not commit," he told Judge Mark Hannen. "The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors.

If that is true, and if enslaving and sexually assaulting his housekeeper is a basic Muslim behaviour, then he should stay in a Muslim country, because those behaviours certainly are not accepted here.
Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution," he said. Prosecutor Natalie Decker said the trial had nothing to do with Al-Turki's Muslim beliefs. "It has to do with what he did to her for five years," she said outside the courtroom.

Kim Priestap blogged Where's the NOW gang? Why aren't Kim Gandy and Patricia Ireland on TV expressing their outrage? In the sixties and seventies, feminists got their panties in a bunch about what horrible lives American women had because they were homemakers and mothers. Now that they have the chance to do some good by speaking out on real abuse, humiliation, and discrimination by men engaging in "basic Muslim behavior," they suddenly have nothing to say.

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