We recently discussed the bizarre report that the Saudi Arabian government was going to sue a Twitter user for a tweet where he compared the death sentence given poet Ashraf Fayadh to ISIS executions. It appears that decapitations of non-believers ordered under Sharia are materially different from decapitations of nonbelievers ordered by ISIS under Sharia law. Now, as if struggling to bring home the absurd distinction, another Saudi Sharia court has sentenced a Saudi Arabian woman to death by stoning for adultery. The man? He gets 100 lashes.
The 45-year-old married woman who is a maid in Riyadh reportedly confessed. Saudi Arabia routinely denies due process to accused persons, including access to lawyers, and has long been condemned for the use of torture. The Saudi courts still apply the medieval Sharia law and denies basic freedoms to women, religious minorities, dissidents, artists, and journalists.
Presumably, a Saudi stoning for adultery is also materially different from an ISIS stoning for adultery.
Just to refresh your memory, Saudi Arabia is the chair of the Human Rights Council . . . and of course our key ally in the war against Islamic extremism.