Monday, October 25, 2010
Ms Samar Badawi Freed: Justice Prevails in Saudi Arabia!
Ms Samar Badawi, who had been jailed by a reactionary judge for disobedience towards a father who was clearly abusive and unfit to be her guardian or mahrem, is now free! This is a wonderful tribute to the legal and social activism of her lawyer, Waleed Abu Alkhair, ably aided by Fouad Alfarhan, and others. The judge, Justice Abdullah Othaim, is being investigated by the Saudi judicial system with regards to his behaviour in this case.
What impresses me most about this case is that the means were found within the Saudi judicial system to provide Ms Badawi with true justice. That included social activism based on sound legal reasoning and the true facts of the case, as well as continuing to work through the court system. Ms Badawi was released with her uncle as her appropriate guardian, and is now free to rejoin the family who has stood behind her, and most significantly her 8-year-old son. The mahrem system remains in its unique form in Saudi Arabia, but the means were found to make it genuinely protective of Ms Badawi.
Hopefully others will now be spared, as the legal system and judiciary continue to evolve in Saudi Arabia.
Congratulations to Ms Badawi, her family members, and her legal and social activist teams!
Ms Samar Badawi--A Kafkaesque Case of Father-Adult Daughter Abuse in Saudi Arabia
Mme Samar Badawi, une saoudienne emprisonnée, victime d'un père abusif et d'un juge réactionnaire
Freedom For Samar Mohamad Badawi--We Samar -blog in Arabic with all updates