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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saudi Justice

This article was published in the Saudi Newspaper Okaz.

To cut a long story short, "A" owed some money to "B" and was stalling over returning the money. "A" accidently bumped into "B" and tried to stop him, but "B" ran away, got into a car and sped off with some friends. "A" pulls out a gun and shoots at the car killing "C" who was one of the passengers in "B's" car.

According to Saudi law, this is unlawful killing and "A's" head should be chopped off with a sword in a public square, but according to Saudi law too, the family of the murder victim can accept "diyya" (blood money) in return for fogiveness.

"C's" family agreed to forgive "A" and in return, "A" is to build a mosque to be named after "C" and pay his family 4 million Riyals.

So "A" will be a free man but a few million Riyals poorer.

This doesn't sound right to me, because what it actually means is that you can get away with murder if you can afford it, i.e.: there is two types of justice, one for the rich and one for the poor.

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