Five Saudi men sentenced to prison, lashing for holding Valentine’s Day party

Dubai, May 11: A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has reportedly sentenced five Saudi men to various jail terms and public lashes for drinking and partying on Valentine’s Day.

While two of the five defendants were sentenced to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes to be given in 20 parts in front of Al Nafoora market, two other defendants were handed seven years in prison and 1,500 public lashes each over 15 parts, the Gulf News reported.

The fifth defendant was sentenced to five years in jail and 1,000 public lashes.

The men were arrested alongside six women in a rented house in the city of Burayda, the capital of Al Qassim region in north central Saudi Arabia.

Smuggled bottles of alcohol, red roses, candles and heart-shaped items were seized during the raid by member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

The men, who admitted to charges of dancing, illicit relations with unrelated women and celebrating Valentine’s Day, will be barred from leaving the country for five years after serving their sentences in prison, the report added.

Meanwhile, the fate of the six women arrested during the raid is yet to be decided. (ANI)