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20 lashes for husband despite wife's pardon

Saudi court says wife could attend the flogging

Manama: A court in Al Qateef in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a husband to 20 lashes after he allegedly hit his wife on her shoulder.

The case was filed one month ago by the wife who presented a medical report supporting her claim.

However, the husband, in his 30s, denied he meant to hurt his wife and said that he was merely joking with her, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported on Thursday. Even though the wife later told the authorities that she was dropping the case against her husband following their successful reconciliation, the prosecution refused to dismiss the public charges and insisted on the trial.

The judge ruled that the wife had the right to attend the flogging.