Saudi sex bragger jailed for five years

Three friends who appeared with Mazen Abdul Jawad on the show are given two-year terms.
Wed 07 Oct 2009 04:20 PM

A Saudi man who boasted about his sex life on television was sentenced to five years in jail on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

Mazen Abdul Jawad was convicted by a criminal court on Sharia law-based charges relating to immoral behaviour, Sulaiman al-Jimaie told AFP.

Three friends who appeared on the show with him were given two-year terms, Jimaie said.

In July, Abdul Jawad appeared on an episode of Lebanon-based LBC television's racy show "Bold Red Line."

On the show, filmed in his Jeddah bachelor's apartment, he talked about picking up women and displayed sex aids and toys on camera.

The episode, viewed many times on YouTube, outraged many in the conservative Islamic kingdom and led to his arrest on July 31.

Jimaie said the conviction was wrong because Abdul Jawad should have been tried in a court that specialised in media issues, not the criminal court.

"My client has been presented to the people as a scapegoat to cover up the real culprit LBC," Jimaie said in a statement issued after the verdict was announced.

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