Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saudi judge upholds marriage of man to 8-year old girl

latest on 30 April 2008: The eight-year-old Saudi girl who was sold into marriage by her father has been given a divorce after an international outcry over the case, Saudi media reported Thursday.

The marriage of the girl to a man reportedly in his 50s was annulled Wednesday in out-of-court settlement overseen by a new judge in the city of Onaiza, after the original judge in the case refused to bend to pressure to grant the divorce, several newspapers reported.

Riyadh newspaper said the settlement was reached after the intervention in the case by an unidentified "important personality."

This was the initial news:

A Saudi mother is expected to appeal a judge's ruling after he once again refused to let her 8-year-old daughter divorce a 47-year-old man, a relative said.

Sheikh Habib Al-Habib made the ruling Saturday in the Saudi city of Onaiza. Late last year, he rejected a petition to annul the marriage.

The case, which has drawn criticism from local and international rights groups, came to light in December when Al-Habib declined to annul the marriage on a legal technicality. His dismissal of the mother's petition sparked outrage and made headlines around the world.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a country, Sauoedi Arabia. Still living in the year 1400. And friend of the USA, because there is a lot of oil. Human Rights, we talk about Human Right if there is no longer Oil in SA. All what is awfull in the USA is allowed in that country. The breeding grounds of Al-qaeda, the supporters of the Taliban. A 8 year old girl is sold to a pedofile! BAH!