TV sex boast lands Saudi man in jail: report
Bragging on Lebanon's LBC drew dozens of complaints
A Saudi man has been arrested for bragging about his sexual exploits on a television program devoted to controversial topics, a local newspaper reported Thursday.
Jeddah resident Mazen Abdul Jawad was arrested after he appeared last week on the popular program <i>Red Line</i> on Lebanon-based LBC, the English-language daily <a href="http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=124802&d=23&m=7&y=2009">Arab News</a> said.
The 32-year-old bragged about havin sex with a neighbor at age 14, essentially admitting to premarital sex, which is illegal according to the kingdom’s sharia-based Islamic legal system.
He also gave a recipe for an aphrodisiac and explained how he picks up women in the segregated society where unmarried men and women are forbidden from mixing.
“It all starts with turning my Bluetooth on while cruising around in my car,” he explained to the camera as he was shown getting into his car.
The paper reported that about 100 people filed complaints to local officials, leading to his arrest.
It all starts with turning my Bluetooth on while cruising around in my car
Mazen Abdul Jawad
"The program presents anomalies and deviancy in society that are unacceptable and immoral and should be punished according to sharia," Ahmad Qasim al-Ghamdi, Mecca head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the religious police, said.
Jawad told another Saudi daily that he planned to sue LBC, claiming the show’s producers took his comments out of context.
The Saudi Airlines employee could face charges for vice and admitting he engaged in pre-marital sex, and if convicted he could be jailed and flogged, the paper said.