- One of the men was jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 2,000 lashes
- Another got seven years and 1,200 lashes while two others received three years and 500 lashes
PUBLISHED: 08:30 EST, 4 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 4 October 2013
A Saudi Arabian man has been jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 2,000 lashes after a film of him dancing naked on the roof of a car was posted online.
Another man, who is believed to have made the film, received seven years in prison and 1,200 lashes.
Two others were jailed for three years and sentenced to 500 lashes each.
The incident took place in Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh (pictured)
The public prosecutor in the case reportedly objected to what he described as ‘light sentences’.
The four men men were charged with ‘dancing on a vehicle in public’ and ‘violating public morals’, following the incident in Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh.
A video of the incident was posted online, media reports say. It is not clear whether the men were caught in the act or traced by the video.
All have been given the right to appeal.
Al-Qasseem province is notoriously conservative and religious police there are said to be the most strict in the kingdom.
Under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islam, instances of public indecency are considered serious offences,
The law prohibits the playing of music, dancing and many movies also are a concern for hard-liners who believe they violate religious and moral values.
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