By Neeraj Gangal
Appeals Court ratifies summary court's verdict against man charged with immoral conduct.
The Appeals Court on Monday ratified the verdict issued by the summary court in Jeddah against the Saudi sex bragger, Mazen Abdul Jawad, and three of his friends.According to the Saudi daily Arab News, the summary court had sentenced Jawad to five years in jail after boasting about his sex life on television.
He was also ordered to receive 1,000 lashes after his appearance of the LBC show Bold Red Line last July, and had appealed the convictions handed down by a criminal court on Sharia law-based charges relating to immoral behaviour.
Three friends who appeared on the show with him and who were given two-year terms had also made the appeals, Arab News had reported in November.
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 last year.
Really sad as it was probably all fiction.
Respecting the sentiments of religion and culture is the duty of all people living in any country. It is the responsibilities of the media in this case LBC a very public forum to show this respect as well. How did such a program see the light of day? How did the bosses at LBC let such a programme be aired? What punishment has each of those individuals received? Are they above the law or could they get away with it because is LBC? They are the bigger culprits, offending public decency by bringing a very personal matter to public attention. Sure they got the ratings and the kudos for being BOLD, they strut around unscathed while the subject of the show pays for his indiscretions