Friday, March 30, 2012

Rape charges dropped against Saudi billionaire

It is no wonder women rarely file charges of rape against anyone.  Dominique Strauss Kahn, fresh from a victory in NYC where he was acquitted of raping a hotel maid from Cameroon, (remember, he was the head of the world bank mind you) is now under investigation for being part of a prostitution ring that supplied women to rich businessmen.

Strauss Kahn admits he was at orgies and had sex with a number of women but had not the slightest inkling that they were prostitutes; they just liked to party you see.  Kahn's defense here is important because in France paying a prostitute is not illegal but pimping is. In an account I read, one of the women said that there was considerable "aggression" at these events. which doesn't surprise me at all as the whole purpose of them is to exact from women what women under normal circumstances choose not to give.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

I see now that the Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who is estimated to be worth $19.6 billion, has also managed to dodge a rape conviction.  A woman described as a "young Spanish model", filed a complaint against the Prince.  The woman claimed that she was drugged at a disco and then sexually assaulted aboard a yacht moored at Ibiza.

Lawyers for the Prince produced evidence that he wasn't in Ibiza at the time and the case has been thrown out. The billionaire owns 95% of the Saudi based Kingdom Holding Co. as well as considerable portions of Citigroup Inc., 7% of News Corp (Murdoch's outfit which includes the WSJ) Apple  Inc. and Time Warner according the the Wall Street Journal.

Not every claim of rape by women is genuine, but I am of the belief that most are. The personal lives of women are put on trial when they make such accusations especially when the accused is a man of stature and wealth.  As a shop steward at work, I always treated harassment cases differently when the perpetrator was a worker as opposed to a supervisor or manager who has power over a person's life in a way that the worker doesn't. A person who can determine whether you work or not, earn a living or receive a promotion or not.

Even a waster like this prince or Strauss Kahn deserves a fair trial. Unfortunately I do not believe the legal system is fair.  In the billionaire's case his lawyers prove that he was not there.  This is a man who is a powerful influence in country where it is legal to treat women as second class citizens and denies them basic democratic rights including the right to drive. A society where a woman can be publicly whipped for leaving her home without being accompanied by a male relative. Most importantly, having lots of women to have sex with and give you male heirs is legal.

Though the circumstances around the accusations against Julian Assange are very suspect as blog posts here have suggested, this doesn't mean that they shouldn't be investigated. But Julian Assange and Strauss Kahn and the billionaire Prince are different characters under different circumstances.  But as we suggested in a previous blog with regards to Assange, we do not trust any institution of the bourgeois to investigate such claims as those by this young woman against a representative of global capital.

As in the case of Assange we call for such incidents to be investigated by women's organizations such as rape crisis groups, women's trade Union caucuses, workers panels and other organizations independent of the institutions of capital.

“I was with my husband outside of Spain the day these allegations took place in Ibiza,”
Amira al-Taweel was quoted as saying by the prince`s chief of staff, Kholud al-Dussari. She added that “Quite simply we were not there. We were together in the French city of Cannes. I was with him all the time and we were with at least 30 people,”  Who said this?  The wife or the the Prince's chief of staff?

Just look at the Prince on his throne.  He is a relative of the King of Saudi Arabia, I think it is on his yacht but can't be sure. Maybe the Prince's claim of innocence is true in this instance, but, as I said, I do not trust these people, their courts or their version of justice.

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