A Saudi national is to be flogged 20 times for using a mobile telephone during an internal flight, a Saudi newspaper reported Thursday. The verdict was handed down by the Islamic court in Tabuk, in north-western Saudi Arabia, where the passenger was picked up by police on his arrival from Riyadh, Al-Medina said.
According to the paper, the passenger answered an incoming call on his mobile phone in contravention of civil aviation laws prohibiting the use of electronic communications during flights.
Among the other corporal punishments prescribed by the strict code of Islamic law applied in the conservative kingdom are amputations of thieves' right hands, stoning for adultery and floggings for drinking alcohol.
Saudi Arabia also imposes the death penalty, normally carried out by decapitation by sword, on people found guilty of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking or repeated drug offences. — (AFP, Riyadh)
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