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Up to 2,000 lashings, 10yrs jail over Valentine's Day party

Police seized alcohol, red roses, candles and heart-shaped items at a party in Saudi Arabia

Up to 2,000 lashings, 10yrs jail over Valentine's Day party
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Five Saudi men have been handed jail terms and
sentenced to lashes after they were caught drinking and partying in celebration
of Valentine’s Day, it was reported.

According to Okaz daily, two men were sentenced to
10 years in jail and 2,000 lashes, to be given in 20 parts, while two other men
were handed seven-year jail terms and 1,500 lashes in 15 parts and a fifth
defendant was sentenced to five years’ and 1,000 lashes.

The lashings are to be public, in front of Al
Nafoora market, with the men also barred from leaving the country for five
years after serving their sentences.

The men were reportedly arrested alongside six
women in a rented house in Burayda, the capital of Al Qassim region, with
bottles of alcohol seized. Red roses, candles and heart-shaped items were also
found during the raid by religious police, it was reported.

The men admitted to dancing, illicit relations with
unrelated women and celebrating Valentine’s Day, Okaz reported.

A verdict on charges against the six women is
expected soon.