Being raped, a ‘crime’ in Qatar


This video from the USA says about itself:

Woman Convicted Of Being Raped In Qatar

14 June 2016

A 22-year-old Dutch woman was raped while on vacation in Doha. She has been convicted of having sex outside of marriage. Ana Kasparian, Sam Shacher, Kenny Hamilton, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped.

The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824 (£580). She will also be deported.

Her lawyer said her drink had been spiked at a Doha hotel in March and she had woken up in a stranger’s flat, where she realised she had been raped.

Her alleged attacker, who said the sex was consensual, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex outside marriage. He will be given a further 40 lashes for consuming alcohol.

The woman has been detained since making the allegation three months ago, but her case only came to light over the weekend when her family decided to go public.”

Read more here.

The woman’s name is Laura. Read more here and here.

USA: THE SCARY BACKSTORY ON POLICE DEPARTMENTS’ ‘UNFOUNDED’ RAPE CASES “Across the country, some police departments claim a vast number of rape reports are false. A BuzzFeed News investigation into a year of “unfounded” rapes in Baltimore County reveals that detectives often don’t investigate them at all — even when the man had been arrested for rape before.” [BuzzFeed]

Raped Dutch Laura expelled from Qatar


Laura, arrested for having been raped in Qatar

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Qatar expels Dutch Laura

Today, 09:32

The Dutch woman Laura (22) who was jailed in Qatar has been given a suspended sentence of one year and expulsion. …

Laura was not present in court. …

Earlier proceedings had been in Arabic, which Laura does not understand.

According to her lawyer, she was arrested after she had reported rape. Extramarital sex is illegal in Qatar. …

The man who allegedly raped Laura was found guilty as well. He was sentenced to a hundred lashes for “sexual intercourse” and forty lashes for alcohol consumption.

Though rape is a horrible crime, which should never ever be equated which voluntary sexual intercourse, as happens in Qatar: there should never be flogging in any country.

The rapist claimed that Laura was supposedly a prostitute. Algerian Dutch columnist Hadjar Benmiloud points out in Metro daily today that Dutch Internet site Vlinders Crime agreed with the rapist, calling Laura a “whore”. Vlinders Crime is an Islamophobic hate site unable to write Dutch without spelling and grammar errors in half of all words.

Also from NOS TV today:

Laura’s mother is overjoyed; her daughter will come home. “I can not even describe my joy. She may have been convicted, but she will come home.”

Woman arrested for having been raped in Qatar


This video from Kenya says about itself:

17 July 2015

We hear stories of Kenyans who have been tortured while working in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and many more. Here are a couple of tips you might consider before searching for a job outside or saying yes to one.

Laura, jailed in Qatar

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Parliament worried about Dutch woman in Qatar

Today, 15:46

The Lower House is concerned about the situation of a Dutch woman who has been jailed in Qatar for months. According to the lawyer of her family the 22-year-old Laura was arrested after she had reported having been raped.

MPs of VVD, PvdA, CDA, SP, D66, Christian Union, GroenLinks and SGP political parties have together asked [Foreign Affairs] Minister Koenders questions on the issue. They want to know what the government has so far done for the woman and ask how the contact with the family of the arrested woman is. They put question marks to whether the Dutch embassy in Doha is sufficiently equipped to assist both the woman and her family.

Parliament also wants to know whether it is true that the embassy did not attend a session without telling why and that diplomats visited Laura only after three weeks. …

On Monday there will be an important session and an embassy person will attend then. The department will not say whether Minister Koenders himself works on this case.

See also here.

Policeman serial rapist of poor black women in Oklahoma, USA


This 10 December 2015 video from Oklahoma in the USA is called Former cop Daniel Holtzclaw convicted on 13 thirteen counts.

By Melissa Jeltsen in the USA today:

Oklahoma Ex-Cop Convicted Of Serial Rape

Daniel Holtzclaw faces a possible sentence of life imprisonment.

Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer who was accused of sexually assaulting 13 black women while on duty, was found guilty of rape and sexual battery on Thursday.

An all-white jury that deliberated for more than 45 hours over four days acquitted Holtzclaw of 18 of the 36 charges he faced involving the assaults. But the 18 charges on which he was convicted, including four counts of first-degree rape, carry a possible sentence of life imprisonment. The jury also convicted him of forcible oral sodomy, second-degree rape, sexual battery and procuring lewd exhibition. Sentencing was scheduled for next month. …

Grace Franklin, activist and co-founder of OKC Artists For Justice, who has been organizing support for the victims, said she, too, was satisfied.

“It was obvious some of the survivors were not believed by the jury and that is a disappointment,” Franklin told The Huffington Post in an email. “We want women who are disenfranchised to know that they will be believed. They can receive justice. We are awaiting the final sentencing on Jan. 21st and we want consecutive years. But tonight we breathe a sigh of relief and move forward.”

During the trial, 13 women testified that Holtzclaw sexually assaulted them. The charges included six first-degree rape counts. …

From NOS TV in the Netherlands on this (translated):

Poor background

According to the prosecutors Holtzclaw deliberately chose women who would not be believed soon by other police officers. All the victims were black and from a poor background.

So, if Daniel Holtzclaw’s victims would have been white and/or rich, then he might possibly have been stopped much sooner.

The Melissa Jeltsen article continues:

“He exercised authority on those society doesn’t care about,” Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger told jurors during closing arguments on Monday. …

According to The Oklahoman, Holtzclaw worked from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., often by himself, patrolling one of the state’s poorest neighborhoods. The women’s testimonies revealed a similar pattern: Holtzclaw would stop them, search them for drug paraphernalia and run criminal background checks. Then he’d force them into sex, threatening them with arrest if they didn’t comply. …

During his closing arguments, he [Holtzclaw’s lawyer] called Holtzclaw an “honorable and ethical police officer” and claimed the witnesses who testified had no interest in the truth. …

An expert testified that DNA on Holtzclaw’s uniform pants matched that of the youngest accuser, who said she was 17 when Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s porch.

She told the court that she didn’t tell authorities because she didn’t see the point. “What kind of police do you call on the police?” she asked.

The assaults occurred over a period of seven months, with Holtzclaw becoming “more bold, more brazen and more violent” as time went on, prosecutors argued.

One woman, who has been identified by local media as a 57-year-old grandmother, sparked the investigation after she told police that Holtzclaw forced her to give him oral sex during a traffic stop.

He was arrested in August 2014, and fired from the Oklahoma City Police Department in January 2015.

Victims Of Ex-Oklahoma Cop Convicted Of Serial Rape Speak Out

Raped Somali refugee woman’s victory in Australia


This video from the Australian parliament says about itself:

Adam Bandt calls on Peter Dutton to allow Abyan the medical treatment she needs

19 October 2015

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must allow Abyan to access the counselling and medical treatment that she requires. And he must let the media into the hell-holes of Nauru and Manus so we know what’s really going on there.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Australia: Raped Somalian allowed back to Oz for abortion

Thursday 29th October 2015

AUSTRALIA bowed to pressure from the UN yesterday over a Somali woman raped in the Nauru detention camp who wants an abortion.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday that the woman, known by the pseudonym Abyan, would be flown to Australia for the procedure after she alleged she had been raped.

Canberra pays the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru, whose population numbers just 10,000, to host the camp where Abyan was sent.

On Tuesday the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) demanded that Abyan be given a second opportunity after being denied a termination of her 15-week pregnancy earlier this month.

She was flown 2,500 miles to Sydney on October 11 but returned five days later still pregnant. The government claimed she had changed her mind about the abortion.

But Abyan said in a statement from Nauru that she had not changed her mind, but had been denied an interpreter and counselling.

Abortion is legal until 20 weeks in Australia but illegal in Nauru.

The case of has highlighted Australia’s draconian policy of imprisoning asylum-seekers in squalid camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Dutton claimed he was concerned that 240 asylum-seekers who flew to Australia for medical treatment then got court injunctions preventing their return to Nauru.

He said that Abyan would return to Australia to consult a doctor and receive mental health support, but would not say when.

The minister denied that the move was prompted by the OHCHR.

Saudi diplomat accused of raping Nepalese women


This video says about itself:

India Calls In Saudi Ambassador Over Rape Case

10 September 2015

India called in the Saudi Arabia ambassador to seek his cooperation with an investigation into allegations one of his diplomats repeatedly raped two Nepalese women.

While the Saudi royal air force kills Indian sailors, a Saudi royal diplomat in India is accused of crimes as well.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Nepalese maids accuse Saudi diplomat of rape

Thursday 10th September 2015

TWO Nepalese maids have accused a Saudi diplomat of rape and torture while they were working in his home outside the Indian capital New Delhi, Indian police said yesterday.

The women have filed complaints with police alleging that the unnamed diplomat kept them locked in his apartment where they were repeatedly abused, said assistant commissioner Rajesh Kumar.

A police team rescued the women late on Monday after a third recently hired maid alerted a local NGO.

“We have registered a case of rape, sodomy and illegal confinement based on their complaint,” said Mr Kumar.

“They have also said that even guests at the house raped them.

“That is why we have added gang rape to the list of charges.”

Police said they were trying to determine whether the Saudi official had diplomatic immunity before proceeding with their investigation.

One of the women said they had been held for about four months.