Friday, November 14, 2008

Physician sentenced to 1500 lashes and 14 years in prison

A physician who treated members of the Saudi royal family for over 20 years has been sentenced to 1500 lashes and 14 years imprisonment for causing a Saudi princess to become addicted. He is to be whipped 70 times per week every week for roughly half a year.

Raouf Amin el-Arabi is a physician from Egypt. He originally was sentenced to 750 lashes and a 7 year sentence by the trial court, but the appellate court doubled his sentence, punishing him for exercising his right to appeal.

If this were an ordinary medical malpractice case, this extraordinary punishment would never be considered. Dr. Amin is a victim of the hysteria around drugs.

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