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Kangaroo courts

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

What the hell is going on in Bahrain? From the GDN:

A Bahraini policeman has been convicted of having sex with his under-age sister-in-law. He denied the charge, but was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail, to be suspended if he pays a BD200 fine. The 17-year-old Iraqi girl alleged that he raped her twice after she invited him into her home while she was alone, the Lower Criminal Court heard. (Continued)

Compare the above punishments with those of another case reported in today's GDN:

A 20-year-old Bahraini man has been sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for three years, for possessing and using cannabis. He was also fined BD500, after being convicted at the Lower Criminal Court. (Continued)

I'm outraged, but sadly I'm not particularly surprised, for there have been plenty of similar ridiculous court rulings in the past few years. All the more reason to support the call to overhaul the judiciary. Hope and pray that you never have to face any of our judges.

And don't forget: Ahmed and others are still sitting in prison without trial.

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3 Responses to 'Kangaroo courts'

Blogger Desert Island Boy says:

Hey CB,

Not to put you on the spot, but what do YOU think would have been appropriate sentencing for each?

Being fined and carrying a suspended sentence (which amounts to probation) for marijuana possession seems to be in line with the rest of the civilized world. He got little more than what NBA basketball players.

Speaking of NBA ballers, Kobe Bryant faced life imprisonment for his slightly-less-than-consensual escapades, so officer grab-a-lot gets off with no more than a slap on his wrist.

Are you thinking otherwise?    

Blogger Chanad says:

Personally I'm not convinced that locking someone up is the best way to help a criminal become a better person... but that's another story.

My point in this post was to use the sentence for smoking hash as a benchmark to compare with the given sentence for rape. It seems a bit nonsensical to me that smoking hash would get a stiffer fine than rape.

On second reading of the article though, it seems that the policeman was only convicted of having sex with a minor, and not of rape. But the GDN article isn't entire clear about this.

But in any case, there seem to be no real guidelines about what crime deems what punishment... stealing a goat will get you in for 6 months as well.

Other opinions?    

Anonymous Anonymous says:


Don't you find it "odd" that the victim invited him into the house when no one else was home? Another thing that strikes me a tad funny is the "possible" marriage issue that was mentioned as well. Nothing excuses rape. NOTHING.

Is this a case of "sexual remorse" after the fact?

What I would like to know and I think should be everyones concern is this "policeman" still a "policeman" since his conviction?

DIB makes a good point about the "Hash" sentence being in line with the civilized world. However I don't think you can compare the two side by side. Situations vary and each case is unique. That being said penalties for crimes can vary wildly. The joke here in Massachusetts has been for years if your rob the 7-11 make sure you kill the clerk. You'll get less time in prison if your caught. At the same time you'll get 10-20 years for robbing a bank but 4 to 5 or less for robbing Wall Street for millions/billions. AND YOU GET TO KEEP THE CASH. Ask MILKEN! Kill someone will driving drunk. Spend a year in jail and lose you license for a year. Cheat on your taxes for $10,000 and get ready for 5-7 in Club Fed.    

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