Jail, lashes for offering himself on Twitter

A Saudi court sentenced a man to three years in jail and ordered him lashed 360 times after he was found guilty of offering himself to other men through Twitter.

Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police had arrested the man in the eastern town of Dammam following complaints by some men that the unnamed defendant had contacted them through his Twitter page and offered to have sex with him.

During interrogation by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the 30-year-old man confessed to making such offers to several men.

“The judge sentenced him to three years in prison and ordered him lashed 350 times as a deterrent punishment for such an act,” Sabq daily said without identifying the man.

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