A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a homosexual man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for using his Twitter account to promote “homosexual contacts”, reports Gulf News.
The 24-year old man was arrested after allegedly posting several tweets requesting to meet gay men. Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (AKA the religious police) apprehended the young man via an undercover agent after being alerted about the tweets.
His mobile phone was searched and several “immoral” pictures were discovered, with the Commission then referring his case for public prosecution. He was sentenced to three years in prison, and will receive 450 lashes over 15 sessions.
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia and punishments, which are governed by Sharia law, can include lashings, floggings, life imprisonment and even death.