The appeals court in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia approved the verdict of a lower court in the Qatif province in the case of a 52-year-old man caught engaged in an indecent act with a 24-year-old girl in the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.
The man was sentenced to four months in jail, 70 whip lashes, and was made to pledge to never repeat his offense.
The ruling of the lower court in Qatif was reached after the man was arrested while committing the offense by the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice at Gate 25 of the Prophet's Mosque.
A source from the Qatif court said, "The public prosecution caught the man as he was indulging in vulgar actions publicly. The man claimed the girl was his fiancé, yet after the investigations by the Medina police, they found obscene clips and love texts on his phone."
The source also said the girl admitted to her relationship with the man, which she said developed through phone calls and text messages. Nonetheless, the man denied any connection to her, explaining that what happened started with the girl falling on the floor and him grabbing her hand to help her.