Saudi maid verdict 'outrageous'

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Human Rights Watch has called on Saudi judges to overturn a decision to drop charges against a Saudi couple accused of severely abusing an Indonesian maid.

A judge in Riyadh awarded $670 damages to the maid, Nour Miyati, but dropped all charges against her employers.

The female employer, who admitted the abuse and was originally sentenced to 35 lashes, had her sentence overturned.

Human Rights Watch said the ruling on Monday was "outrageous", and sent "a dangerous message" to Saudi employers.

Ms Miyati, 25, contracted gangrene after allegedly being tied up for a month and left without food in 2005. She had to have several fingers and toes amputated.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called for an appeals court to "impose stiff penalties on the employers, including imprisonment, and payment of significant financial compensation".

Saudi officials have not commented on the report.

Human Rights Watch says Ms Miyati was treated in a Riyadh hospital in March 2005 for gangrene, malnourishment and other injuries.

All charges against Ms Miyati's male employer were dropped early in the investigation, Human Rights Watch says.

On Monday a Riyadh judge found the female employer not guilty, despite her earlier admission and "compelling physical evidence", the group says.

A prior Saudi judgement, subsequently overturned, had seen Ms Miyati convicted of falsely accusing her employers and sentenced to 79 lashes.

Human Rights Watch said the latest ruling "sends a dangerous message to Saudi employers that they can beat domestic workers with impunity and that victims have little hope of justice".

Rights organisations say many foreign domestic maids in Saudi Arabia work in harsh circumstances and often suffer abuse by their employers.

The Saudi Labour Ministry has acknowledged some problems, but the government also says foreign workers' rights are protected under Islamic law.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saudi maid verdict 'outrageous'
 

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This is good news.. Means i can keep witchy locked up even longer without prosecution :)..
 

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arabs hate em

they get em to work in 50c temps during the day and they just drop dead
 

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Yeah they do things their way....they're barbaric fookers but that's how they do things over there. They're simply the opposite of us in that sense, where we're way too soft on punishing people guilty of a crime they are the polar opposite way too extreme.

Best bit is they want to actually try to come here and bring their laws with them over here, nah fook that shit you can do it all you want in your homeland but don't even try to bring your crap here. Our country our laws and if you don't like it then go home or go somewhere else that's what I say and that's what most other countries say too.

We should just stay out of each other's business altogether to be honest but alas there's way too much money in it not to....
 

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Well its the rich that are in control and this is all common place. The rich get away with what they want to do.
 
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