Sharia justice. “Saudi jails, lashes ‘naked’ dancers, reports say,” from AFP, October 3 (thanks to Persian Prince):
A Saudi court has sentenced four men to up to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for dancing “naked” in public, media reported on Thursday.
In a video posted on YouTube, several men appear dancing atop a vehicle in the ultra-conservative province of Qassim. None seemed naked.
For the mainstream media, you’re “ultra-conservative” if you support Sharia in Saudi Arabia, and “ultra-conservative” if you oppose Sharia in the West.
The court in Buraydah, Qassim’s provincial capital, sentenced one defendant to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes, and another to seven years in prison and 1,200 lashes, Al-Sharq newspaper reported in what media have dubbed the “naked dancing” case.
Their two companions were jailed for three years and sentenced to 500 lashes each, it said.
The four were charged with “dancing on a vehicle in public and posting a video online, encouraging vice, defying norms of the society and violating public morals,” according to Al-Sharq.
Two of them were identified as security officials.
Saudi Arabia applies a strict version of Islamic shariah law that imposes many social restrictions and bans public entertainment.
There is actually no non-strict version of Sharia. There is only non-strict enforcement of Sharia in some places.