Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | March 10, 2009

No words

From the Chicago Tribune:

A 75-year-old widow in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not close relatives, drawing new criticism for the kingdom’s ultraconservative religious police and judiciary. …

The newspaper Al-Watan said the woman met with the two 24-year-old men last April after she asked them to bring her five loaves of bread at her home in al-Chamil, a city north of the capital, Riyadh.

The woman, Khamisa Sawadi, is Syrian. Her late husband was Saudi. She will be deported after her sentence, which she is appealing, is carried out. The men who brought her bread will also be lashed and jailed.

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