OFF WITH HER UNDIES! Royal Family Demands Bizarre Punishment   6 comments

DROP 'EM! Forced nudity is a barbaric punishment, human rights activists charge.

By C. Michael Forsyth

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Ten years ago, muck-raking tabloid reporter Danielle Augustine humiliated the Saudi Royal family by publishing photos of the King’s favorite niece sunning topless on the French Riviera. Now the journalist is about to get a dose of her own medicine. While on a visit to the Middle East, Danielle was arrested by Saudi police, tried and convicted of publishing indecent material. And as punishment, a judge has ordered that she be marched through the capital city’s famed Al-Batha Square — buck naked!

“The prisoner is to have her clothing removed and shall walk 30 meters, from King Abdul Aziz Street to the doorway of Abu’s Electronics,” ordered Judge Ali El-Zarwi.

Human rights organizations worldwide have denounced the bizarre sentence.

“To use forced nudity as a punishment is both degrading and inhumane,” blasted a spokesperson for the European Council for Human Dignity. “Coming at a time when female journalists are being targeted for sexual abuse in the region, this is especially outrageous.”

King Abdullah’s niece Fatima Zehref was just 19 and attending university in France when the eye-popping pics were published in the June 2, 2001 issue of the now-defunct Monde Scandaleuse, accompanied by an article headlined “Saudi Princess is No Boob.”

Her brother Sheik Ahmed Zehref is delighted that the family is finally receiving justice.

“This so-called journalist dishonored our family. Now the shoe is on the other foot,” he said in an interview on Al Jazeera. “Perhaps ‘Mademoiselle Augustine’ thinks that because she is a westerner she is beyond the reach of our laws. But she will have to ‘drop her drawers,’ as the Americans say, just like anyone else.”

In a phone interview from Al Malaz Prison, Danielle insisted that she is a different person from the crafty, anything-for-a-story newshound who stalked the royal on the beach with a photographer in tow. Now a top TV reporter with the prestigious Service D’Information Francaise, she covers only serious news subjects.

“I flew to Saudi Arabia in January to do a story on the plight of lepers in the Middle East,” she explained. “When two agents of the Saudi security service stopped me at the airport and told me I was under arrest, I was flabbergasted.

“I had long since forgotten about the topless beach story and I thought everyone else had too. Mon Dieu!  the Muslims took out a fatwa on Salman Rushdie for blasphemy, and they stopped looking for him ages ago. I couldn’t imagine the Royal Family would hold a grudge this long.”

SAUDI Royal Family values honor above all else.

SAUDI Royal Family values honor above all else.

Danielle’s attorney is appealing the highly unusual sentence on the grounds that it violates Sharia, sacred Islamic law.

“Moslem women are not even supposed to bare their arms in public,” he pointed out.

But because Danielle is a foreign born non-Moslem — an “infidel” in the eyes of the court — such modesty rules do not apply, according to the prosecutor.

If all appeals fail, on May 5, Danielle will be escorted the length of a football field, through the crowded market place, without a single stitch of clothing.

“Some older, conservative men may avert their eyes, but I wouldn’t count on it,” said her lawyer, Mahmoud al-Hiydah, grimly.

Danielle, 36, is mortified at the prospect of being paraded through a public square naked.
“When I think of all those beady eyes on me, I want to throw up,” she said tearfully.

But the former tabloid hotshot gets little sympathy from loyal supporters of the Royal Family, who believe the sentence doesn’t go nearly far enough.

“If it were up to me, the prostitute who wrote this obscene story on her wicked typewriter would have her fingers chopped off one by one, as they would have done in the good old days,” declared an elderly Riyadh shopkeeper.

Journalists from around the globe are rallying around Danielle. A petition drive is in the works pleading for leniency and will be submitted to King Abdullah.
“We already have 500 signatures,” revealed British reporter Graham Landsman. “If we get enough respected journalists like Katie Couric, Wolf Blitzer and Bill O’Reilly on board, we hope that the Royal Family will show mercy.”

But a handful of Danielle’s rivals in the close-knit European journalistic community admit they privately relish the thought of the renowned TV correspondent being caught with her pants down. They resent Danielle’s quick rise from gutter journalism to the highest level of the field. And they assert that the reporter’s pouty lips and curvaceous figure helped her leap frog over more qualified but less attractive competitors.

“Danielle used her sexy body and sneaky tactics to get to the top,” said a female Parisian TV reporter who requested anonymity. “Now that’s come around to bite her right on that perfect butt of hers.

“Karma? I don’t use such fancy words. Let’s just call it tit for tat.”

French tabloids are notorious for their aggressive tactics.


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6 responses to “OFF WITH HER UNDIES! Royal Family Demands Bizarre Punishment

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  1. Is there any chance we could get a picture of this Danielle chick with her tatas a-floppin’ as she struts naked through the city. If she’s anything like those old Weekly World News reporters, she’s gotta be one hot mama. Boy, those were the days!
    Keep up the incisive reporting — and don’t forget about our photo.

    • Speaking of Weekly World News, we once ran a story about a cute blonde being publically horsewhipped in Saudi Arabia for stealing a bag of potatoe chips. Looked for the picture of the Dutch national receiving her Saudi-style justice, but couldn’t find it.

  2. Guess the Saudis have her over a barrel, like the rest of us. Boycott Abu’s Electronics!

    • Unfortunately, over a barrel is probably how she’ll wind up after those guards escort her back to her cell, if what we’ve heard about how Middle Easterners treat women reporters is accurate.

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  4. LOL! I was looking for any sign of humourous theme in this page, but it looks serious! XD

    If you ever thought that this story is true, then you can believe anything that is told. Isn’t it dump to turn off our brains and believe anything we take from such sources?

    So she was sentenced to walk naked…. in Saudi Arabia!! XD Thanks, that was a good laugh. And Abu’s Electronics -_- try making up a better name!

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