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1,000 lashes for sexual boasting

October 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A court convicted a man of publicly talking about his sexual exploits and sentenced him to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes, his lawyer said.

Lawyer Sulaiman Jumeii said he plans to appeal the court's ruling and is confident that the sentence, which includes a ban on travel and talking to the news media for five years after his release, will be revoked.

The lawyer said there is no specific law in the Saudi penal code "that defines punishment for talking or bragging."

He maintains that his client, Mazen Abdul-Jawad, was duped into talking by a Lebanese satellite TV channel, and was unaware in many cases that he was being recorded.

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