Saudi Arabia Attacks Doctor Raouf Amin,
An Egyptian Whipping Boy,
who bowed To His ROYAL Patients
I can understand 1,500 lashes even Saudi Beheadings for some heinous crimes (when someone is a barbaric uncivilized human being in the 21st century, you must treat them accordingly as a deterrent to others, even in Democratic Countries) but surely not for simply supplying medication that had already proved effective for this Horse Riding, Back Aching, Demanding Saudi Princess.
Has this PRINCESS stopped taking MORPHINE, now that she knows what happens to Innocent Doctors who seek to alleviate the suffering of the Saudi Royal Family?
The Moral of the Story is Don't Work for Royalty anywhere, if they are going to punish you for simply doing your job.
Doctor Sentenced to 1,500 Lashes for Addicting Saudi Princess to Painkillers
Egyptian Raouf Amin languishes in a Saudi jail and is punished with 70 lashes once a week. Cut off from his family in Egypt, the 52-year-old doctor was convicted for prescribing painkillers to a Saudi princess that led to her addiction.
An appeal court judge ruled that Amin will be beaten weekly until he has received 1,500 lashes - and then he'll spend another 14 years behind bars.
The judge doubled the original punishment meted out to him a little over one year ago in the lower court where Amin was sentenced to a seven-year jail term with 750 lashes.
Not surprisingly, human rights groups and the Egyptian doctor's syndicate are outraged.
The doctor, who has lived and worked in the Gulf state for more than 20 years, had been treating the princess for several months for back pains after she visited the hospital in which he worked.
Ahmed Amin, the doctor's son, who himself was born in Saudi Arabia, claims the woman went into the hospital and specified the medication she wanted. The woman had been receiving similar treatment in the United States after she had fallen from a horse while riding.
Hafez Abu Saeda, the director of EOHR concurred that the medication Amin had prescribed was the same as the woman had been receiving in the United States, "so it is obvious that the doctor was not at fault for her addiction," Abu Saeda concluded.
Both the Egyptian foreign ministry and the Saudi Embassy in Cairo refused to comment on the case, saying the matter is still under investigation.
Sources of Information about Raouf Amin and Shawki Abd Rabu
Employment ban - 20 November 2008 - Al-Ahram Weekly
Egypt draws up Saudi companies blacklist: report - 14 November 2008 - Daily Star Egypt