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Houston Chronicle, Texas, USA, 14 March 2005

UAE court orders 150 lashes for pregnant maid

Reuters News Service

DUBAI - An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced a pregnant Asian housemaid to 150 lashes for adultery, local newspapers reported today.

Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah emirate arrested the woman after her UAE employer found out she was pregnant out of wedlock, Al-Khaleej newspaper said.

Officials at the Sharia Court in the Gulf Arab emirate told another daily, Gulf News, that the sentence would be carried out in two stages and then the maid, whose name and nationality were withheld, would be deported.

Adultery is forbidden in the Muslim country and under Islamic sharia law the penalty can range from flogging to stoning to death.

A UAE appeals court in 2000 commuted a death sentence by stoning against an Indonesian woman to one year in prison.

In 2003, a UAE supreme federal court rejected a 15-year-old expatriate girl's plea to reverse a sentence of 90 lashes for adultery.

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