Saudi gay gets 5-year jail, 500 lashes

Published: November 8, 2010

JEDDAH: A 27-year-old Saudi man was sentenced to five years in prison, 500 lashes of the whip, and a SR50,000 fine after appearing in a recent amateur gay video online allegedly taken inside a Jeddah prison.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Shathri, judge of the District Court in Jeddah, handed down the verdict for crimes including homosexuality, imitating women, and possessing pornographic video clips.

The penalty comes after the spread of the video clip on the Internet allegedly sent via Bluetooth from inside the Briman prison, showing the man imitating a woman and turning into an explicit talk about sex.
The Prison Administration has, however, denied that the short clip was filmed there.

The man had earlier impersonated a security officer and several verdicts were issued against him – the most prominent of which are homosexuality, imitating women, and possessing pornographic clips that show the man wearing women’s underwear and in compromising poses.

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