Saudi men get 10-year sentence, 2,000 lashes for dancing in public

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A Saudi court in the conservative province of Qassim sentenced four men for up to 10 years in prison and 2000 lashes for dancing “naked” in public, the Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.

In a video posted on YouTube, the men appear dancing on top of a vehicle, but none seemed naked, AFP said. They were charged with “encouraging vice, defying norms of the society and violating public morals,” Al-Sharq newspaper reported.

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The court in Buraydah, Qassim’s provincial capital, sentenced one defendant to 10 years in prison and 2000 lashes, another to seven years in prison and 1200 lashes, and two other men were jailed for three years and sentenced to 500 lashes each, Al-Sharq reported.

Two of them were identified as security officials.

Saudi Arabia applies a strict version of Islamic shariah law that imposes many social restrictions and bans public entertainment, AFP said.

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