Sex pest turned songbird: Would you want Saudi's notorious "sex bragger" to be your muezzin?
The Saudi who was sentenced to five years in prison for appearing on a TV satellite channel bragging about sex adventures with women, is now a changed man.
Mazen Abdul Jawad, the 32-year-old airline employee and divorced father of four, has recently been released after serving his term, Al-Hayat daily reported.
Jawad has now become a prayer caller (muezzin). He already acted a muezzin in the prison mosque and had become a more God-fearing citizen.
Upon his release, Jawad refused to talk to the press because the court injunction bans him from making any statements to the media.
Jawad was arrested five years ago soon after appearing on an Arabic TV show where he talked audaciously about his sex escapades with several women in Jeddah, drawing wide criticism from a large section of society. Many got infuriated at the man’s audacity to speak publicly and shamelessly about major sins in Islam, an act that society refused and described as unethical and impolite.
The Jeddah District Court handed down a five-year prison sentence and 1,000 lashes of the whip and banned him from traveling outside for five years after serving his term. His cell phone and car were confiscated as well. The court also ordered that a committee consisting of a religious scholar, a sociologist, and a psychiatrist should be formed. Its task was to assess the man’s case. The court took this decision after the man told the court brazenly that he did not do anything wrong and therefore he did not see any point in repenting for his sins.
Three others who also appeared with Jawad on the show, were each sentenced to three years in prison and 300 lashes of the whip. All three were referred to the religious and advice committee within the prison.
The court handed down the above sentences after the judge watched the recorded televised show and heard all guilty persons talking brazenly about their adventures with women.
It was said at the time that the Arabic channel paid the man and his friends to come on the show and speak publicly about the major sins they committed without any shame.
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