Our so called ally, the one we trade technical weapons for oil with, has sentenced a shia woman to 6 months in jail and 200 lashes for getting raped.. it was 90 lashes but as she talked to the press it was doubled.. read somewhere else the US sent a watered down statement protesting this.. but these are our friends.. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-11-20-saudi-rape_N.htm RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) â€” The Saudi judiciary on Tuesday defended a court verdict that sentenced a 19-year-old victim of a gang rape to six months in jail and 200 lashes because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked. The Shiite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia's rigid Islamic law requiring segregation of the sexes. But in considering her appeal of the verdict, the Saudi General Court increased the punishment. It also roughly doubled prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping the woman, Saudi news media said last week. The reports triggered an international outcry over the Saudis punishing the victim of a terrible crime. But the Ministry of Justice stood by the verdict Tuesday, saying that "charges were proven" against the woman for having been in a car with a man who was not her relative.