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TV journalist won't be flogged

October 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Saudi Arabia's king waived the flogging sentence of a female journalist charged with involvement in a risque TV show, the second such pardoning in a high-profile case by the monarch in recent years.

King Abdullah's decision to waive 22-year-old journalist Rozanna Yami's sentence of 60 lashes follows intense international media attention.

Yami was charged with helping coordinate a talk show on a Lebanese channel featuring a Saudi man describing what appeared to be his active sex life. Though the charges against her were dropped, a judge ordered the flogging as a deterrent, Yami said.

In 2007, the king waived a flogging sentence against a rape victim for being alone in a car with an unrelated man shortly before the two were attacked.

The case also sparked international outrage over the Saudi judiciary.

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