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Saudi naked dancing youth gets 10 years and 2,000 lashes

Outrage as video clip of youth dancing on roof of car is posted on internet

  • By Habib Toumi; Bureau Chief
  • Published: 14:02 October 3, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a young man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for dancing naked on the roof of a car.

The defendant was also ordered to pay a 50,000 Saudi riyal (Dh48,956) fine for his “indecent act” committed in winter at a camp where young men gathered over the weekend, local Arabic daily Okaz reported on Thursday.

The public had expressed outrage at the “open immoral and decadent behaviour” after a video clip of the rowdy dance was widely circulated on the internet.

Three other men were given prison terms and fines for taking part in the dance. One was sentenced to seven years in prison and 2,000 lashes and the other two to five years and 1,200 lashes each.

The car had been confiscated. The four defendants have the right to appeal the verdict.

According to the daily, the public prosecutor said that he would challenge the ruling, saying that it was “too lenient.”

Comments (1)

  1. Added 12:26 October 4, 2013

    The judge thought he was "too lenient"??? The sentence far too strict.

    Mahmoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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