Saudi Government Holds Woman For Months Without Charge In Business Dispute With Saudi Princess And Then Orders Her Flogged 500 Times

Nagla Wafa, 39, an Egyptian wedding planner and designer, had a simple business dispute with a partner over a cashed check and a joint business venture. The partner says that she cashed a check and reneged on opening a restaurant. It is the type of thing that is standard fare for courts around the world. However, this is Saudi Arabia and the partner was a princess in the Royal family. Wafa was arrested without charge and held for months. She was then belated charged with fraud and sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in prison in a case that has drawn rightful condemnation in Egypt. She is shown here with her two sons.

When the family finally went public, the Saudi government reportedly cut off all contact with Wafa in prison.

The case is an appalling violation of basic due process guarantees and makes a mockery of the Saudi legal system. It is also highly ironic given the continual claims against Saudi royals of not paying their bills abroad (here). This is not the first time that draconian punishment has been meted out in a case involving a Saudi princess.

Source: LA Times

69 thoughts on “Saudi Government Holds Woman For Months Without Charge In Business Dispute With Saudi Princess And Then Orders Her Flogged 500 Times”

  1. gbk,

    Glad for your sparring.
    My existential quandaries are ofter expressed by most here. Or havenn’t you noticed?

    My concerns with America’s quandaries are also shared by those there AND around the world.

    As for doing things, I comment on the NYTimes, WashPost, and confer with family and friends there. I even send money to the candidates I support. Do you have any more suggestions? Welcome with them.

    I did not ask for anything from you. So why bother?

    And the crappy blogs were from yesterday, not including the ones from day before yesterday. One from there I saved, hopiing thereby to keep contact until some more interestng, to me, blog came along. That’s where we are now.

    I offer, through my morning helpers and other contacts, views of the world, which I find lacking at JT’s.. Don’t like it, don’t read it. Or make specific comments. General condemnation is useless.

    That I have a morning helper is not due to having wealth. No, it is an expression of the socialist system, where those who have needs have them provided at rebated prices.

    Just to inject a new subject. The expression of American democracy, if the Republican convention can be called that, is a revolting proof that America has gone over the line. Bssing this on two relatively short segments, with no speechs.

    The interesting part is the after analysis and predictions by the columnists in the press. Of many colors. The press is a whore, just as Chomney wrote and I have linked here.

    Nauseam eternum.

    If you don’t care for me, that is indifferent to me. If you have something to say of interest, I may answer.
    Abuse will be ignored.
    Ta ta-

  2. idealist707,

    You should be careful in what doors you open.

    I was perfectly content in ignoring your obvious existential quandaries that were apparent to me from your first few posts here.

    I will do so again as I don’t have time for your self-referential tales of woe that bring upon yourself.

    Express all you want, but I don’t want anything to do with your delusions.

    Remember this.

  3. idealist707,

    “PS What crappy blogs today here! I wastebasketed them all.”

    Seeing how a lot of the comments are yours, I hope your morning helper didn’t empty the trash.

  4. idealist707,

    “coming back has many meanings. What is yours in this case?”

    To add to the numbers you claim are needed in Washington, or will you watch from afar with your morning helper while lamenting the laziness of Americans?

  5. An in-country partner can be necessary, if the job can stand the costs. He should know who to trust and how far. Tinding one is the difficult part, but guess all professional areas have their info exchange points to listen in on.

  6. Re Mike A’s thingy on contracts and negotiations,

    Depends on who you have the contract with, the country and other factors. Checking our a Saudi rep may be good move.

    Anybody realize that, in spite of our tort systme, that much of our law seems like that in Indonesia, SA, etc. in
    that it is the power you possess and not only the number of lawyers that decides the outcome. Are we progress8ng?
    Yeah, to hell.

  7. gbk,

    coming back has many meanings. What is yours in this case?
    Not being defensive. Just learning to ask questions instead of assuming, when I don’t know. mrgreen

  8. idealist707,

    “But for safety’s sake we need a million or 500,000 in Washington is my point.”

    So you’re coming back?

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