500 lashes for blackmailing former lover

An Asian expatriate in Saudi Arabia is to be jailed for two years and lashed 500 times with the whip for trying to blackmail his former girl friend, the Saudi Arabic language daily Alwatan reported on Saturday.

A Sharia (Islamic) court in Makkah found the Muslim Asian man guilty of trying to blackmail the woman by threatening to publicize her photographs unless she agrees to go out with him again, the paper said.

The unidentified woman had informed members of the feared Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice about the man’s threats.

“They asked her to meet him and when he came for the meeting, they seized him and handed him over to the police,” the paper said.

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