His refusal to forgive him contributed to the judge’s decision to have the thief’s hand cut off.
We’ve all heard or read about the strict laws and forms of punishment in Saudi Arabia.
The most notorious of which is cutting off the hands of thieves.
Even if an unrelated couple checks into a hotel together, they will only be convicted of khilwa. Young Saudis have their ways to get around these laws. Another is that the guy takes his sister along and voila it is no longer a khilwa.
In cases where a confession is made, then other things come into play, such as was it consensual or rape and whether either of them was married at the time.
The punishments that are most newsworthy when it comes to Saudi Arabia, are the ones given to people guilty of khilwa (unrelated man and woman alone together) and extramarital sex.
A punishment for khilwa is common and we’ve all come across muttawas trolling coffee shops and restaurants searching for pairs who seem too happy to be related. I don’t know about expatriates but with Saudis, the man and woman are separated at the spot and questioned to see if their stories correspond.
Otherwise he will most likely be sentenced a number of lashes across the back.
Extramarital sex on the other hand is extremely serious and at the same time very hard to get convicted for.
The government continues to promote internet use as a tool for economic development and e-government services, where it is ahead of many countries in the region.
Mobile broadband penetration continued to increase and Saudis remained some of the most active social media users in the world.
The way he dresses and addresses the judge has more influence than the number of times he has been caught, how and where he was caught…etc.