Abdul Rahman al-Lahem has really impressed me. This Saudi lawyer represented the Qatif ganged raped victim and currently faces a disciplinary hearing today for “insulting the Supreme Judicial Council and disobeying the rules and regulations” of the judiciary.
Still his client faces 200 lashes and six months in prison for being with an unrelated man. What is also appalling besides further victimizing this young woman (who btw husband STILL supports her), those animals who raped her and her companion are getting off ever so lightly between two to nine years in prison. Now how a$$ backwards is that??????????? Educated men in the Judiciary should know this is wrong and that this man was representing a true victim here!!!!!!!!!
This poor lawyer is now facing death threats for his head. According to the CNN article:
“These opinions don’t scare me, but they make me feel a disappointment that there are people who think this way.”
“I wish that those who oppose me could engage in a direct dialogue instead of calling for violence. Unfortunately, they are still stuck in a culture of closed-mindedness.”
His license is to be reinstated (we hope) today. He also implied that he will definitly represent the Saudi woman again. Considering how closed off this society can be in certain regards about women and about their laws I find the actions of this man to be one of courage and immense strength……………….However today’s hearing can also disbar him.
Al-Lahem also stated: “I believe in the system and the law, and I believe I didn’t do anything wrong,” My God….my heart goes out to him & his family….to step up like this in a society that is very group think oriented (unlike the USA where the culture emphasizes individualism–of course each has its own positive and negative connotations–will discuss at further length in another post)…this is just amazing to me. I applaud him and he deserves so much more. His steadfast beliefs in the Saudi system of justice is perhaps naive—I think with the Saudi history of their judicial system, especially towards women….it might take a true miracle to save him and his client.