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Weirdie Saudi: The ‘Princess’, The ‘Prince’, Human Rights, Petrodollar & Militarism

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 22, 2014


Saudi “Princess” Sara Al Amoudi Wins £14m Legal Battle over London Property Empire

A mysterious Saudi “princess” has won a High Court battle against two London property tycoons who accused her of tricking them out of a multi-million pound property empire.

Business partners Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton accused Sara Al Amoudi of being an Ethiopian prostitute posing as a Saudi princess to trick them into transferring six luxury flats worth £14 million into her name.

The pair claimed they “temporarily” transferred the Knightsbridge and Mayfair properties in the belief that she was the daughter of sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi.

But in a major legal victory for the “vamp in the veil”, a London judge ruled that the properties were legally transferred into her name to pay off a loan she made to Paton while they enjoyed a romantic relationship.

Justice Asplin dismissed allegations that she was a prostitute and said a key witness, who claimed to work at a Soho lapdancing club, may have been “paid to give evidence”.

She added that it was “unnecessary to determine whether the alleged representations as to her identity, status and source of wealth were false”.

Al Amoudi’s background remains a mystery.


Sudan Court Convicts Ethiopian Woman Over ‘Gang-rape’

An Ethiopian woman who says she was gang-raped in Sudan has been convicted of “indecent acts”

The woman of 18 was three months’ pregnant at the time of the alleged attack.

She was arrested after video of her allegedly being sexually abused was circulated on social media.

Three men who admitted having sex with the woman and two who distributed the video were reportedly sentenced to being whipped.

The three were each sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery, while two got 40 lashes for distributing indecent material, according to women’s rights group Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA).


The woman was sentenced to a one-month jail term but this was suspended because she is pregnant, her lawyer, Samia al-Hashmi, told the AFP news agency.

She was also fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds ($880; £530).

She had also faced charges of adultery and prostitution, which could have led to a penalty of death by stoning, but these were dropped after she convinced the court she was divorced, reports SIHA.

The campaign group says the woman was house-hunting when she was lured to an empty property and attacked in Omdurman, just across the River Nile from Khartoum.

It says she now faces deportation.

The group’s regional director Hala Elkarib condemned the conviction, saying it would prevent women from reporting sexual abuse.

“The levelling of immigration charges against the victim further denies her protection by the state and protracts the punishment and emotional stress against her whilst she has been subjected to the most brutal of crimes,” she said.

Sudanese law is based on Sharia and women have been punished for wearing trousers or not covering their hair.


Saudi man who punched out mom’s tooth to have his own molar broken as punishment

In addition to having one of his front teeth broken, the man, who is in his 30s, will be imprisoned for five years and publicly lashed 40 times every 10 days.

The judge applied the Koranic ruling of ‘a tooth for a tooth’ when deciding the man’s punishment.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

A Saudi Arabian man who smashed his mom’s fang out during a fight will have exactly the same molar in his own mouth broken as punishment.

The unnamed son, who is in his 30s, will also be jailed for five years and whipped 2,400 times – with 40 lashings being given every 10 days outside a local market.

The terrified mom called out to cops after the brutal attack inside their car, Gulf News reports.

Tourists Furious After Holidays Are Canceled Because Saudi Prince ‘Books Three Entire Maldive Island Resorts at a Cost of £18MILLION’

Tourists looking forward to a dream holiday in the Maldives have had to change their plans after a Saudi prince reportedly booked out three entire island resorts exclusively for himself.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is understood to have taken over the five-star paradise resorts for nearly a month.

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Saudi Arabia Pledges to Protect Foreign Workers, as Indonesian Maids Face Execution

For the first time, Indonesian maids working in Saudi Arabia will be guaranteed a monthly wage, time off, and contact with their loved ones, under a new agreement signed by the Gulf kingdom and Jakarta this week.

But it fails to address a worrying trend of domestic helpers filing complaints of exploitation and abuse only to face counter-allegations by their employers of “theft, witchcraft or adultery,” according to Human Rights Watch.

The penalties for these crimes are harsh in the deeply conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which practices a puritanical form of Islam.

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Saudi Arabia – 12,000 Somalis Expelled – Mass Deportations Without Considering Refugee Claims

Saudi authorities have deported more than 12,000 people to Somalia since January 1, 2014, including hundreds of women and children, without allowing any to make refugee claims, Human Rights Watch said today.

Saudi Arabia should end the summary deportations, which risk violating its international obligations not to return anyone to a place where their life or freedom is threatened or where they face other serious harm.


Indian Male Nurse Murdered in Saudi Arabia

An Indian man was stabbed to death by an Ethiopian housemaid in the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam

Hussain Sayeed from the south Indian city of Hyderabad was stabbed by the housemaid Monday in their employer’s house at Corniche in the city, where both of them were employed, the Arab News reported

The maid was arrested and was being questioned by the police”Our initial investigations indicate that the African housemaid stabbed the deceased with a sharp object after a fight broke out between them,” the police spokesperson said.


Prince Charles Should Be Promoting Human Rights, Not Acting as an Arms Dealer

If we are to be judged by the company we keep then Prince Charles has a lot of explaining to do. This week the future king has been strutting his stuff on the international stage, with highly publicised visits to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, BAE and Bahrain.

Officially the purpose of his trip was for HRH to visit a plethora of museums, galleries and sights of historical significance. But it would seem that it was carefully timed to facilitate the conclusion of arms company BAE System’s latest multi billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. Negotiations over the price of Eurofighter Typhoon had been going on for years and even two visits by David Cameron had not persuaded the Saudi royals to sign.

The Saudi Arabian dictatorship is a particularly brutal and despotic one. The most recent Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index ranked it 163 out of 167 countries and gave it zero points for “electoral process and pluralism”. The only countries ranked lower were Syria, Chad, Guinea Bissau and North Korea. This point was emphasised the day after Prince Charles left, when seven Saudi citizens were jailed for 20 years for protesting against the autocratic regime.

His support for the Saudi dictatorship may not be unique, but it is yet another sign of the contradictory and hypocritical nature of UK foreign policy. Unfortunately, when it comes to business the human rights usually often play second fiddle to the short term profits of the arms companies. This is why the UK has licensed over £5.6 billion worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia in the last five years alone. Unfortunately, not for the first time, the Royal family has allowed itself to be co-opted into a dirty business.


Saudi Arabia, UAE finance Egypt $3bn arms deal with Russia

Egypt has concluded a UAE- and Saudi Arabia-financed arms deal with Russia worth of $2 billion, a senior official said, noting that the Egyptian and Russian sides agreed on all details related to the agreement over the past weeks.

As Egypt Independent reports, the source, who asked not to be named, said the two gulf kingdoms played a vital role in sealing the deal.

The official revealed that the first tranche of Russian weapons to Egypt will be delivered before mid 2014.The delivery and payments will both be phased, he explained.

In mid November 2013, Russia declared receiving an Egyptian offer to buy advanced defense systems, military helicopters, MiG 29 aircrafts and anti-tank missiles all worth of $2 billion.

Saudi Arabia and UAE, along with Kuwait, have been Egypt’s top Arab financiers following the overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi with financial and in-kind aid worth of $12 billion.


Saudi Arabia Records 60th Mers Virus Death

Saudi health authorities have announced the death of a young man from the Mers coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the kingdom to 60.

The health ministry website said the latest victim of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the country is a 22-year-old who was also suffering from cancer.

Saudi Arabia, the country worst hit by Mers, has recorded 145 cases, of which 60 have now proved fatal, since the virus first appeared in September 2012.

Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.



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