Saudi Gazette translates an article from the Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper that points to the discrepancies of the Saudi government in the way it treats malefactors. It notes the incongruity of releasing from prison a woman who was convicted of supporting terrorism, raising funds for and recruiting members for Al-Qaeda. Yet those who have committed lesser errors — and how have made apologies — are yet lingering in jails awaiting trial. Among these is the blogger Hamza Kashgari.
‘Al-Qaeda lady’ is in her home while Hamza stays in prison
Badriyah Al-Bishr | Al-Hayat newspaper
In one of her famous advices, Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) has asked Muslim leaders to avert the Hudood (Islamic punishments) as best as they could. “If you find a way out for a Muslim in a certain fault, release him. It is better for the leader to make mistakes in pardoning than to make them in punishment”.
Therefore it is kind of foolishness to advocate the imprisonment of people. Al-Hayat newspaper recently published a report about the release of the notorious “Al-Qaeda lady”. It said the judicial committee decided that the woman should complete her remaining jail term at her home on condition that she should not be allowed to travel. This is the punishment of a woman who was charged with collecting money for the Al-Qaeda organization, facilitating recruitment of a number of youths and getting them in touch with other Al-Qaeda members.
The woman married a number of Al-Qaeda members. One of her husbands was killed in Saudi Arabia during confrontations with the security forces. The release of the woman was a constant demand by the Al-Qaeda organization during negotiations.