Rights group assails Saudi prison flogging

Aug. 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM
share with facebook
share with twitter

CAIRO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An Egyptian wedding planner and designer involved in a business dispute with a Saudi princess is being flogged in prison, human rights activists say.

Nagla Wafa, 39, was accused in Saudi Arabia of cashing a check from an unnamed member of the Saudi royal family but not following through on their business deal to begin a restaurant, her family says. She was formally accused of fraud charges in 2009, 20 months after her arrest.

She "has been subjected, on a weekly basis, to 50 floggings per week within the Al-Malz prison," the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said in a statement. The group called the case a "blatant violation" of human rights and filed a complaint with the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Human Rights, it said.

The case is a prominent example of alleged mistreatment of Egyptian nationals who move to Saudi Arabia for better job opportunities, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

About 2 million Egyptians live and work in Saudi Arabia, and human-rights activists have repeatedly accused Saudi officials of mistreating Egyptians nationals, the newspaper said, adding that neither Egyptian nor Saudi government officials have offered comment on Wafa's case.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories