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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died aged 90 after a short illness, state television announced late on Thursday.
He has been succeeded by Crown Prince Salman, his half-brother.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/world/middleeast/king-abdullah-who-nudged-saudi-arabia-forward-...
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So David Cameron has 'slammed the murderous barbarity of ISIS' & flew to Riyadh with the Prince of Wales to pay respects to King Abdullah, that renowned advocate of human rights, while Saudi writer/activist Raif Badawi is still serving a 10 year imprisonment, waiting for his wounds to heal so he can receive another 50 of his remaining 950 lashes in public for criticising religious leaders. Human Rights Watch told CNN that the country executed 87 people in 2014, most by beheading,
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@shylok have you been to Saudi Arabia? 
As a destination for westerners it's still a possibility. I used to work there till last year and would go back unlike Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt where they are suffering from their insurgencies.
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Quote from: PeterLoftus
@shylok have you been to Saudi Arabia?  
As a destination for westerners it's still a possibility. I used to work there till last year and would go back unlike Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt where they are suffering from their insurgencies.

No, but my brother has worked in the Emirates, but im not talking about political instability, point is, its an oppressive regime where punishment is so severe its comparable to IS especially with the beheadings, its very hypocritical to condemn one & honour another
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Re: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90

Isn't it similar in the UAE for most of the things on that diagram?
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Isn't it similar in the UAE for most of the things on that diagram?

Yes, their very strict however not quite as bad as in Saudi, there are no beheadings in UAE, people would drink alcohol at the bars within the hotels but it is a punishable offence to drink or to be under the influence of alcohol in public, he also tells me that prostitutes work from the hotels, anything remotely sexual (even kissing) is censored on the tv & not publicly displayed
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Prostitutes work everywhere, it's the world's oldest profession.
Saudi Arabia is an extremely important ally for the West for so many reasons. This is why the likes of Prince Charles, David Cameron and Barack Obama went so quickly after King Abdullah's death.
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Re: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90

So let's say someone from Saudi Arabia comes to this country, commits one or more of the crimes shown in the list, is found guilty by an English court  and later returns to Saudi Arabia, what happens to him or her ?
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depends on the crime, a lot of those listed are not crimes in the UK.
if they committed murder, for example, then it would be a long while before they returned to SA.
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So let's say someone from Saudi Arabia comes to this country, commits one or more of the crimes shown in the list, is found guilty by an English court  and later returns to Saudi Arabia, what happens to him or her ?

Adultery/drinking alcohol/slander/blasphemy/acts of homosexuality would obviously be excluded.
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Re: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90

of course, some of those listed could also result in death if committed in USA.
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