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Raped Saudi woman gets jail, flogging

Feb. 11, 2009 at 9:06 PM   |   Comments

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Saudi judge sentenced an unmarried woman who maintained she was gang-raped to 100 lashes and a year in jail for adultery, a Saudi newspaper reported.

The Saudi Gazette said the 23-year-old woman "confessed" to having "forced intercourse" with a man who offered her a ride, along with four of his friends, in Jeddah, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Authorities accused the woman of trying to obtain an abortion at the King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces after learning she was pregnant as a result of the sexual attack.

A district court judge in Jeddah found the single woman guilty of adultery and ordered that she be flogged after the child is born, the Gazette said.

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