Justice, Saudi Arabian Style!

The case, in itself, is not an example of a great issue confronting justice in the world, it just deals with a Nigerian who found himself working in Saudi Arabia when he was arrested in 2002, along with 12 other Nigerians, for the murder of a police officer. Suleiman Olafemni was finally placed on trial in 2005. At the court proceedings which were in a language he did not understand, the Nigerian was denied the right to legal counsel or even the services of a translator so could understand the trial process. Naturally under the circumstances of this farce of a trial, Olafemni was found guilty and given a death sentence. A higher court has upheld his appeal and he will be executed.

The case is not one entailing a major event. It was just the case of a single human being who found himself in the wrong country at the wrong time. The very idea that 13 men could be found guilty for killing a policeman illustrates the farce that took place in a courtroom. Amnesty International has denounced the entire process as a gross violation of human rights.

Saudi Arabia is an American ally in the fight against terrorism. It might help this fight if Saudi Arabia first began by ending legal terrorism against people.

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