The Saudi legal system is back in the news today with another report of an abomination from the Sharia-based courts in the Kingdom. It appears that Saudi judges do not want to be outdone by the punishment against woman videotaped dancing in the rain. According to this report, a Saudi court has sentenced four men to up to 10 years in prison and 2000 lashes for the crime of dancing “naked” in public. Like the women in Pakistan, the men were left exposed due to a posting on YouTube. The medieval Sharia legal system took it from there.
The sentence was handed down by a court in Buraydah with one defendant given up to 10 years in prison and 2000 lashes, and another given up to seven years in prison and 1200 lashes. The other two men were given three years and 500 lashes.
Reports indicate that the men do not appear naked on the videotape. However, they were found guilty of “dancing on a vehicle in public and posting a video online, encouraging vice, defying norms of the society and violating public morals.” Two of the men turn out to be security officials.
Saudi religious police (those not still fleeing the scene of their last crime) are still looking for this individual and would appreciate any tips on his identity: