More on Mansor Almaribe, sentenced to 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia for “insulting the companions of the prophet.”
THE family of a Victorian man sentenced to 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia has made an emotional plea to bring him home, fearing he will die in jail.
The Shepparton family of Mansor Almaribe, 45, who was also sentenced to a year in jail for blasphemy, will head to Canberra to plead for help.
Isaam Almaribe, 21, said his father suffered from diabetes and had broken bones in his back and knees from a car accident in Australia.
“Dad told us ‘Take me out of here as soon as possible because if I stay here I will die’ – that’s how bad his situation is,” Isaam said.
“He couldn’t survive 50 lashes let alone 500 lashes.”
And he was sentenced to this monstrous punishment for what, again?
“Apparently he was in Medina with a group of fellow Shiites…and he was quoting out of a book which insulted the Prophet Muhammad’s companion. This is how it’s being described. Apparently this is a deeply offensive thing to do in the Medina apparently for people of Sunni Islamic philosophy or religion.”
That’s from MP Sharman Stone, who is trying to get Kevin Rudd to intervene with the Saudis.
Mr Almaribe arrived in Australia in 1999 from Iraq as a refugee and brought his family over in 2006.
Isaam said the war in Iraq did not compare with what the family was going through now.
“We had different problems back then but now his life is on the line,” he said.
“To be lashed is barbaric and it’s really terrifying. Humans shouldn’t be treated that way.”
Wife Waffa Almaribe has not slept since her husband was detained while making the Hajj pilgrimage to Medina last month.
She collapsed in tears when she heard he would be lashed 500 times and serve a year in jail.
“It’s very hard for me and my family and it’s so terrible,” she said.
“My husband is a peaceful man who looked out for everybody. My children and I need him with us. I am very scared he won’t survive.”
The family said Mr Almaribe, a Shiite Muslim, was dragged away by religious police while praying in the Sunni-dominated country.
So that’s how it works – the hajj is a religious obligation if you can afford it, but if you go, you risk being flayed to death if you do the praying the wrong way.
Thanks to Helen for the link.