Saudi Arabia Sentences Man To Three Years In Prison, 450 Lashes For Being Gay
Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for attempting to meet another man for sex after chatting on Twitter.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
According to the daily Aarabic newspaper Al-Watan, the court found the unidentified man guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) entrapped the man after using the social media site to invite him to meet for a date.
When he showed up at designated meeting space, he was arrested and his phone was confiscated. Police said the man’s phone contained “evidence for his homosexuality” and “indecent images.”
The accused reportedly confessed to the judge of using his Twitter account to meet other men, and for possession of “pornographic images of homosexual perversion.”
“It is infuriating and disheartening when a country that was elected not too long ago to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), arrogantly and nonchalantly violates its core principles and harms its own citizens,” said Abdulla, chair of the United Arab Emirates LGBT group.
“Not only this is the fundamental human right for privacy is breached but the entrapment and sentence also breaches several human rights charters,” he told LGBTQ Nation. “If the man survives this ordeal he will find himself an outcast and will be in danger for life after he completes this harsh sentence.”