Dutch woman convicted under Islamic law … for being raped!

Dutch woman convicted under Islamic law … for being raped!

An unnamed 22-year-old Dutch visitor to Qatar has been given a suspended sentence and fined £580 because a court found her in breach a law that prohibits sex out marriage.

The BBC reports that the woman was arrested after she told police that she had been raped after her drink had been spiked.

Her lawyer, Brian Lokollo, said the 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.

The Dutch ambassador to Qatar, Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud, said after today’s court hearing that she expected the woman to leave Qatar within days.

Court officials said she would be deported once the fine was paid.

The woman was arrested by Qatari police immediately after reporting that she had been raped on the night of 15 March, as was the alleged assailant.

During a holiday in the emirate, she went out with a friend for drinks at a hotel where the sale of alcohol was permitted, according to her lawyer Brian Lokollo.

She went dancing but when she returned to the table after the first sip of her drink, she realised someone had added something to her glass.

The woman did not feel very well and she later woke alone in an unfamiliar flat:

And realised to her great horror that she had been raped.

Doha-based lawyer Najeeb al-Nuaimi, Qatar’s former justice minister, told Al Jazeera that the woman’s lawyers would have had to prove there had been “no voluntary actions” between her and the man for him to be charged of rape.

Even if they had been seen walking together, the authorities might have doubts that any sexual activity was non-consensual and instead prosecute both for having sex outside marriage, which is known as “zina” under Islamic law, Nuaimi said.

Article 281 of Qatar’s penal code states:

Whoever copulates with a female over 16 without compulsion, duress or ruse shall be punished with imprisonment for a term up to seven years. The same penalty shall also be imposed on the female for her consent.

According to media reports, dozens of people convicted of zina have been given flogging sentences since 2004, including at least 45 between 2009 and 2011.

The case of the Dutch woman raises further questions about how the Qatari authorities will deal with the thousands of Western tourists expected to travel to the country for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, many of whom may be unfamiliar with its laws.

In 2013, a Norwegian woman in the United Arab Emirates was given a 16-month prison sentence for perjury, extramarital sex and drinking alcohol after she told police she had been raped. She was later pardoned and allowed to return to Norway.

Hat tip: John Gresham and AgentCormac

12 responses to “Dutch woman convicted under Islamic law … for being raped!”

  1. Lurker111 says:

    These techno-oases have no means to maintain their infrastructure. Time we put the squeeze on them. Refuse to maintain their hell-holes until they loosen up. No engineering support. No spare parts. No earth-moving equipment. No electronics. And if they don’t loosen up, let the desert reclaim their hotels.

    Sorry. In a really pissy mood this a.m.

  2. Badger says:

    No surprises here:-
    A female foreigner drugged and raped in qatar – no surprise. Muslim men think they can do what they like to kuffar infidel women.
    The raped victim was convicted for having extra marital sex even though she was drugged raped – no surprise. Qatar is an islamic country under the cosh of sharia. The victim was lucky not to have been stoned to death.

    In qatar if a rape victim dies after being drugged and raped do the qataris subject the body to a damn good lashing.

    Here is some advice … just don’t go there.
    And here is a statement of fact – islam is an abomination and all who promote, exploit it and preach it and use it for political power and use it for financial gain are a disgrace to humanity.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Why would anyone even think about visiting these Muslim hell holes? And why do Western governments not kick up a stink when their citizens are treated like dirt and denied justice? It’ll all be swept under the carpet because she will pay a fine and be deported, so that’s all right then and we can wipe the slate clean. Words fail me again.

  4. Daz says:

    “Even if they had been seen walking together, the authorities might have doubts that any sexual activity was non-consensual”

    Sadly, an attitude shown in far too many rape trials in the west.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    ‘And why do Western governments not kick up a stink when their citizens are treated like dirt and denied justice?’

    Simple, barriejohn – the Qataris might buy their tanks, missiles, fighter jets and other weaponry from somone else. According to the report linked to below, arms purchases by Qatar jumped by 279 percent between 2011 and 2015.

  6. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormnac: One is at a loss to know why Qatar would need so many arms supplies.

  7. barriejohn says:

    There was a petition, now closed:

    ISIS & designated terror groups in Iraq & Syria have received weapons from Saudi Arabia & Qatar, both of whom have arms agreements with the UK government. This petition demands an independent investigation into the arms agreements and to what extent the UK government has indirectly weaponised ISIS.

    12,040 signatures.

    Response: “The UK Government does not supply arms to terrorists.” (Sir Humphrey)

  8. AgentCormac says:

    It will cost us far, far more to disarm Qatar in some future war started by President Trump than we will ever make by selling them their arms in the first place. Why do we persist in making the same old mistakes that ultimately cost us so dear in money and, more importantly, in blood?

  9. Badger says:

    There should be an EU mandate to stop all business with islamic countries. Just stop dealing with them and watch them revert back to the sandpits they once were and deserve to be.

  10. Badger says:

    And the world cup awarded to qatar by a a totally corrupt fifa should be retracted and given to a deserving country. And fifa should be closed down too.

  11. 1859 says:

    We’re driving down the M1. We stop and put in £40 of gas. Let’s say £35 goes to the petrol company. The company buys crude oil from Saudi Arabia and pays them £30.The Saudis buy weapons from the UK and pay £25. They sell the same weapons to ISIS for £100 and make a handsome profit each time. So the next time you fill your tank just remind yourself what exactly you are inadvertently financing. The sooner an alternative to crude oil is found the better.

  12. John says:

    The industrial-military complex – in the UK, in the form mainly of British Aerospace – are the reason UK firms sell so many weapons systems to places like Sunni Qatar and the equally thuggish Wahabist Saud regime.
    One reason they import so many weapons is to keep their own Shia populations under control and in fear of their lives.
    Like others here, my advice is “Don’t go there”.
    Maybe someone could start a petition addressed to the FCO, demanding that their travel advice to anyone thinking of visiting Qatar is also “Don’t go there.”