First Published: 2013-10-03

 

Saudi jails “naked” dancing men for up to 10 years with 2,000 lashes

 

Four men accused of violating public morals as YouTube video shows men dancing atop vehicle in ultra-conservative province of Qassim, butnone seems naked.

 

Middle East Online

Jailed for innocent fun

RIYADH - A Saudi court has sentenced four men to up to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for dancing "naked" in public, media reported on Thursday.

In a video posted on YouTube, several men appear dancing atop a vehicle in the ultra-conservative province of Qassim. None seemed naked.

The court in Buraydah, Qassim's provincial capital, sentenced one defendant to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes, and another to seven years in prison and 1,200 lashes, Al-Sharq newspaper reported in what media have dubbed the "naked dancing" case.

Their two companions were jailed for three years and sentenced to 500 lashes each, it said.

The four were charged with "dancing on a vehicle in public and posting a video online, encouraging vice, defying norms of the society and violating public morals," according to Al-Sharq.

Two of them were identified as security officials.

Saudi Arabia applies a strict version of Islamic shariah law that imposes many social restrictions and bans public entertainment.

 

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