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Two sex workers are sentenced to lashes

By Adel Arafah / 3 July 2006

ABU DHABI — Two young girls who stripped with the intent to have sex with two plainclothes cops have been sentenced to 60 lashes each for practising prostitution and adultery.

The Federal Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of the Court of Appeal which convicted the two girls in the 14-15 years age group.

The court records show that the public prosecution accused Aiysha S. (15) and Noora E. (14) of practising prostitution on March 1 last year as well as on previous days. The prosecution indictment stated that the girls, who are Muslims and unmarried, have committed adultery with men, and used to practise prostitution. The pair had enticed the police undercover agents to the sin, the prosecution further charged and requested the court to penalise them according to the Shariah rules and Articles 363/1 and 368 of the Federal Penal Code.

On July 4 last year, Sharjah Criminal Court had acquitted the two suspects. The prosecution challenged the verdict at the Criminal Court of Appeal in Sharjah, which on August 23 last year annulled the lower court's ruling, and ordered the girls to be flogged 60 times each.

The two contested the verdict at the apex court, which turned down their plea, and upheld the Court of Appeal's judgment.
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