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Saudi Man Sentenced To Three Years And 450 Lashes For 'The Practice Of Homosexuality'

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “the practise of homosexuality,” after attempting to arrange to meet another man using Twitter, reports LGBTQ Nation.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transexual Rights UAEArabic newspaper Al-Watan said that “the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice...tracked down the owner of the account” of the man who was trying to arrange sex with another man.

The man’s phone, which contained pornographic images, was also confiscated.

Abdulla, the chair of the United Arab Emirates LGBT group said:

“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 arrogantly and nonchalantly violates its core principles and harms its own citizens. Not only is the fundamental human right for privacy breached but the entrapment and sentence also breaches several human rights charters."

Abdulla continued that “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.”

Saudi Arabia is known for its harsh anti-hay laws. In 2011, Ali Ahmed Asseri, a gay former Saudi diplomat living in Los Angeles in fear for his life, was denied asylum. Asseri's appeal earlier this year was successful.

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  1. At least they aren't executing him. Not that I'm trying to justify or downplay how awful this still is.

    Posted by: Brandon H | Jul 23, 2014 2:53:49 PM

  2. Come on, this man IS being executed.

    I read that men have a tendency to die after about 200 some odd lashes, so I highly doubt this poor man will survive 450... And even if he did which seems unfathomable, he'll be beaten and tortured to death by both other inmates and guards.

    He doesn't have a chance. Just because he wasn't given an EXPLICIT death sentence, it still is one.

    'I'm not going to execute you, I'm just going to stab you multiple times. If you die, that's not my fault."

    Saudis are monsters. He has no chance.

    Posted by: t1000 | Jul 23, 2014 3:00:56 PM

  3. Horrific. Republicans everywhere are probably taking notes, though.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jul 23, 2014 3:08:48 PM

  4. @SERGIO, Republicans are going to have to finish 'cumming everywhere', as that Nazi pointed out on that Youtube video "the heterosexuality test", before they can take notes.

    Posted by: t1000 | Jul 23, 2014 3:16:28 PM

  5. The world community seems to be silent on this barbaric act. Not until they stone a Christian will they draw any condemnation.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 23, 2014 4:21:48 PM

  6. This kind of thing used to make me so angry. Now it makes me feel kinda suicidal.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jul 23, 2014 4:54:55 PM

  7. Just let him join Hamas....

    Posted by: styler | Jul 23, 2014 5:27:15 PM

  8. "Harsh anti-hay laws"?
    I knew Saudis were monsters but now they are attacking hay?! ;-)

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 23, 2014 5:49:20 PM

  9. Let multiple boycotts begin. Saudi Arabia is heavily invested in the West. In fact, Muslim countries with Sharia Law are heavily invested all over the West, in hotels and movies, in Apple and Twitter, in Citigroup, Four Seasons and Fairmont hotels, Time Warner (where Ellen DeGeneres’ studio is located) and Valentino to name a very few. But of course, all of these investments are pocket change compared to their big money maker: OIL. I don't see anyone boycotting that.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 23, 2014 5:53:44 PM

  10. Those Saudi are Animals! No people of reason do this kind of atrocities to others.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 23, 2014 6:02:14 PM

  11. Muslim or Christian, it makes no difference, religion and it's false "morality" is the root problem afflicting the world today. This is yet another example of the inferiority of religious dogma as a tool for guiding society. Where religion dominates, people suffer...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Jul 23, 2014 6:16:54 PM

  12. the house of saud --and certain other gulf state monarchies-- is a remarkably corrupt entity which is quite completely dependent upon patronage from western oil barons. these "royals" pour money into israel at the behest of their american dance-masters, and at the same time use their oil revenue to fund sunni uprisings in libya, syria, and what remains of iraq. if 'clusterfuck' ever needed an illustration, house of saud is it.

    Posted by: unokhan | Jul 23, 2014 11:41:50 PM

  13. @ t1000 : it seems the lashes are applied in small installments, with enough recovery time between sessions to keep the victim alive.

    It's probably done that way to make the experience as painful as possible.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 24, 2014 2:10:20 AM

  14. The TOILET of Humanity " Saudi Arabia " THIS is what Religion does . It's Toxic to human beings . It boggles My mind to think that someone / anyone believes he has the right to do this upon another person .. it's twisted mental illness

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Jul 24, 2014 2:19:45 AM

  15. mark:
    It is different if that someone is god. Someone on this forum quoted Steven Weinberg the other day:
    "for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
    I even doubt he meant "good" people in the real sense. These "good" people build hospitals and do charity works but kill people and rape children at the same time.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 24, 2014 8:40:56 AM

  16. Seems pretty harsh for only "practicing"... after all I practice baking cakes and if they flop I throw them away... I don't expect to be put in jail for being a novice practicing baker...

    (FYI - this is a sarcastic ironic commentary on the use of language that opponents use to describe issues. I know the issue is sad and awful and I hope the man gets a pardon)

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 24, 2014 12:01:46 PM

  17. Ah yes, our friends and allies. The M.E. is such an effed up place. Some of the nicest, most civil people I've ever met have been Arab and from the M.E., but it's such an effed up part of the world. I don't see the wars and violence, or non-despotic governments, ending anytime soon.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2014 12:17:43 PM

  18. Here is a moving personal story of a gay or possibly trans man who was entrapped on the Internet in Saudi Arabia and served a long prison term as a result: http://paper-bird.net/2013/12/19/jeddah-prison-cell-18-entrapped-in-saudi-arabia/

    Posted by: Mandrake123 | Jul 24, 2014 3:32:14 PM

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