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“Caught in a Web”

Summary “[The Saudi justice system] is like a web and once you are caught in it, it is difficult to get out.” —Ghulam, former Pakistani detainee in Saudi Arabia Saudi officials vigorously defend the country’s criminal justice system when facing criticism by international media outlets, United Nations human rights bodies, and human rights organizations. On August 4, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice spokesperson said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s courts are independent courts that work—in accordance with the Basic Law of Governance—to apply Islamic law rulings and follow procedural laws…

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