A 22-year-old Dutch woman who told Qatari police she’d been raped has been found guilty of “illicit consensual fornication” and being “drunk in a public place” after being held in jail for nearly three months. The woman, identified only as Laura, was given a one-year suspended sentence, placed on probation for three years, fined $823, and will most likely be immediately deported from Qatar.
A Syrian man who appeared alongside Laura was found guilty of the same crimes and sentenced to 140 lashes. Neither defendant was present in court when the ruling was made, and no mention was made of any rape accusations.
According to Brian Lokollo, the lawyer representing Laura, she had been drinking with a friend in Doha when she had a drink that made her feel “very unwell.” She woke up in an unfamiliar location, realizing, “to her great horror,” that she had been raped after her drink was spiked. After reporting the rape to police, Laura was promptly imprisoned.
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