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My Sentence Was Reduced To Beheading

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hacon1, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. hacon1

    hacon1 Monkey+++

    Who wants to give Sharia Law a foothold here?

    My sentence was reduced to beheading
    Last Updated: 2:31am GMT 09/02/2008

    Sandy Mitchell has terrifying first-hand experience of being on the wrong side of sharia law.

    Mr Mitchell, 52, was falsely accused of being involved in a car bombing in Saudi Arabia in 2000 when he was working there as an anaesthetic technician.

    He was held in prison for three years and tortured until he eventually signed a confession, which he later had to read out on Saudi television.

    advertisementA sharia court sentenced him to having his head partially severed, followed by public crucifixion.

    The sentence was later reduced to beheading, before the Saudi authorities finally conceded that al-Qa'eda terrorists had planted the bomb and let Mr Mitchell return home to Halifax, West Yorks.

    Yesterday he accused the Archbishop of Canterbury of "betraying" Christians with his comments on Islamic law.

    He said Dr Rowan Williams clearly had "absolutely no concept of what sharia law is", because if he did, "he wouldn't have made such a foolish statement".

    Mr Mitchell, a practising Christian, added: "I would like to see Dr Williams apologise to the people he is supposed to represent - the Christians in this country. His job is to serve the Christian community, and most of the Christian community will feel offended and betrayed by his comments.

    "Sharia law is completely incompatible with a civilised society and I'm sure if Dr Williams had time to study it properly he wouldn't have been so stupid as to make the statements he has."

    During Mr Mitchell's barbaric ordeal he was made to stand for nine days with his hands chained above his head to prevent him sleeping.

    A metal bar was placed behind his legs to expose his buttocks and the soles of his feet, which were regularly beaten with a pick-axe handle.

    His torturers told him his wife and son were "involved" in the plot, even though his son was only a year old, and Mr Mitchell finally cracked when the jailers told him: "We will torture them. When you hear their screams, you will know they are suffering because you haven't told us the truth."

    Mr Mitchell lives in Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, with his wife Noi and children Matthew, nine, and Tara, two. He and three other men are awaiting a judgement from the European Court on whether they can sue the Saudi government, after appealing against a House of Lords ruling which said they could not.

    "No one is prepared to expose sharia law for what it is for fear of being branded racist," said Mr Mitchell, "But we are talking about basic human rights.

    "Under Sharia law a man's word is worth the word of four women, so a woman must have at least three other women or a man backing her up to stand any chance of justice. In rape cases, for example, unless a man openly rapes a woman in public there is no hope of securing a conviction because his word will always prevail.

    "No matter what Dr Williams may say, I'm afraid he doesn't appear to have grasped even the basics of sharia law before he made his comments."

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  2. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I wouldnt mind going soewhere in between, at least as far as punishment is concerned. I like the idea of public caneings for moderate to small crimes (vandalism, petty theft, etc) lose of hands for significant or repeated theft, public execution for murder and rape and similar punishments a lot better than cable TV, AC, free room and board, etc for rapests and murders and thieves and the word of one not being the same as the word of another is even more screwed up here. The word of one criminal is worth the word of 4 honest men AND a bunch of evidence to often here. A criminal says he didnt do it and his partner backs him up and you only have video, DNA, prints and 4 witnesses that say the guy did and he probably isnt gonna see ANY time for it.

    My main point being that I dont see ours as much 'better' just diferent since ours sure dont tend to be a justice system but rather a legal system that dont work either and so punishes inocent by accidents but more importantly tends to punish the public at large by not provideing any real deturent to criminals. So when ours dont work any better, not ready to say they dont have it as close to right (maybe more) as us.
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