Exploited Afghan girl praises death sentence for tormentors

November 13th, 2009 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Nov 13 (DPA) A 14-year-old Afghan girl, held for four years as a sex slave by an Egyptian family in their Saudi home, praised a Saudi court’s decision to behead her tormentors, in remarks published Friday.
A Medina court Wednesday upheld a previous verdict sentencing Mohammed al-Gunaidi and his sister Gamalat to death by beheading for imprisoning and sexually exploiting the girl in their home.

Al-Gunaidi’s first wife received a sentence of 10 years in prison for her role in the crimes, while his second and third wives were sentenced to a year in prison and 500 lashes each.

“I will never forgive al-Gunaidi and his wives for torturing me physically and mentally. The court has handed them a fitting punishment,” the 14-year-old Afghan girl, identified only as Razia, told the Saudi daily Arab News.

The girl, who sold clothes with her mother, was lured by the sister with promises of purchases into the family home, where she was then kept as a prisoner, her mother told the court. Al-Gunaidi was also accused of planning to smuggle the minor to Egypt.

Razia said that now freed, she would like to receive an education.

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