Saudi officer to get 70 lashes for using mobile on flight
A Saudi army officer has been condemned to 70 lashes for using a mobile phone on a domestic flight, in the second such conviction since November, a newspaper reported Saturday.
The court in the northwestern town of Tabuk ruled that the army captain had "endangered the lives of the passengers," Al-Iqtissadiya said, without naming the man.
The captain insisted on using his mobile phone despite warnings from the crew as the plane taxied for take-off on a flight to Abha in southwest Saudi Arabia, it said. Take-off was delayed by half an hour as airport security took the man off the flight and fined him.
It was the second incident of an army officer being punished for use of a mobile phone aboard a Saudi plane. The officer was given a jail term and handed down a disciplinary measure in last year's case.
And in November, a Saudi who answered his mobile on a Tabuk-Riyadh flight was sentenced to 20 lashes for violating civil aviation laws banning the use of electronic communications by plane passengers. — (AFP, Riyadh)
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