Saudi TV producer sentenced to 60 lashes

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A female producer working in Saudi Arabia for a Lebanese satellite network has been sentenced to 60 lashes for a program about non-marital sex.

Mazen Abdul Jawad, who appeared on the program on LBC, has received a sentence of five years in prison and 1,000 lashes for describing on TV his techniques for picking up Saudi women, the BBC reported.


The interview with Jawad was done for a program on taboos in Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia's unwritten rule that men can have affairs with women from other countries but not with Saudi women.

After the program aired, the Saudi government closed LBC's offices and arrested two female producers.

Prince Alwaleel bin Talad, a Saudi billionaire, is a part-owner of LBC.

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