Saudi court hands down sharia sentence to gay man: 3 years in jail and 450 lashes

Published: August 1, 2014

We have another grotesque application of Sharia law out of Saudi Arabia. A court in Medina has applied Islamic law to sentence a man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for being gay. The unnamed 24-year-old man was arrested after a sting operation by the notorious Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) where they arranged a meeting over social media.


The man’s cellphone reportedly revealed incriminating pictures and he confessed. He was then found guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”

The court noted that he had “indecent images” and “pornographic images of homosexual perversion.”

The barbaric 450 lashes will be meted out in 15 sessions. That’s right, 30 lashes a session to satisfy God’s will for being gay.

He can consider himself lucky under Sharia law. If he were married, he could have been stoned to death. Other punishments for simply being gay include chemical castrations, imprisonment and execution.

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