March 28, 2006

Justice in the UAE, Our OTHER Middle Eastern Friends

Note this story of a lawyer that literally wants to put the victim on trial:

Lawyer wants gang-raped woman to be tried for having illicit affair

By Bassam Za'za', Staff Reporter
Lawyer wants gang-raped woman to be tried for having illicit affairDubai: A lawyer has asked the Dubai Public Prosecution to reconsider the case of a gang-raped flight attendant and charge her with drinking and having an illicit relationship.

Lawyer Nasser Hashim, of Al Kamali Advocates and Legal Consultants, asked the Dubai Court of Appeal yesterday to return the case to the Public Prosecution "to reconsider the case and replace the rape charges with having an illicit affair".

Dubai Court of First Instance had earlier sentenced four young UAE nationals, identified as S.Z., 21, A.Z., K.S., both 20, and I.A., 19, to two years in jail each after they were found guilty of luring the 23-year-old British victim into their car, driving off to a remote area and raping her.
Two other nationals, identified as A.H. and J.Z., both 21, were acquitted for insufficient evidence.

Hashim who is defending K.S. claimed that the woman was drunk and got into the suspects' car on her own will. "There was no evidence of forcing, duress or violence," he told the appeal's court.

He pleaded with the judge to ask the public prosecution to reconsider the victim "as a culprit".
In a similar stance, the defence lawyer defending A.Z. told the same court earlier that the "sex took place with the victim's consent".

The judge adjourned the case until next month for more defence witnesses.


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