Saudi convicts young man for kissing woman in mall

Four months and 90 lashes are punishment for display of public immorality

Published June 10, 2010 1:17PM (EDT)

A Saudi court has convicted a man and sentenced him to four months in prison and 90 lashes for kissing a woman in a mall.

The government-owned daily Al-Yom reported on Thursday that Saudi religious police arrested the man and two women after they were seen on mall cameras "engaging in immoral movements in front of other shoppers."

The report says the man, who is in his 20s, was seen with a woman "sitting on one of the chairs, exchanging kisses and hugs." It's unclear what the other woman was doing.

The kingdom enforces a strict interpretation of Islam, which bans unrelated men and women from mingling.

The paper says the man is to receive three batches of lashes and is banned from malls for two years. The women will be tried in another court.

By Associated Press

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