Tim Blair: Â Â LEGAL NOTES
The first 100 or so are probably the worst:Â
An Australian (Musel-) man has been sentenced to a year in jail andÂ 500 lashesÂ in Saudi Arabia.
Mansor Almaribe, a 45-year-old father of five from Shepparton in northern Victoria, was arrested last month and charged with blasphemy.
Says Amin Saikal, director of the Australian National University’s centre for Arab and Islamic Studies: “I think it really depends on the nature of what he’s been convicted for. But 500 lashes certainly seems excessive.” You think so, mate? Meanwhile, in theÂ UK:
The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of “honour” abuse for the first time.
Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act about such violence â€“ which can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutilation and murder â€“ show that in the 12 police force areas for which comparable data was available, reports went up by 47% in just a year.
ViaÂ Mark Steyn. Almost as shocking as rise in these crimes is the fact that a Freedom of Information search was required to uncover it. Some British police decline to collate honour crime statistics. And still in the UK, aÂ remarkable verdict.
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