Mazen Abdul Jawad: Saudi Man Jailed For Bragging Of Sexual Exploits On TV
A Saudi man who lewdly bragged of sexual exploits on Lebanese television channel LBC's "Red Line" has been jailed, Arab News reports. On the show, Mazen Abdul Jawad, reportedly an employee of Saudi Airlines, discusses in detail his first sexual encounter with a neighbor when he was 14-years-old, and even claims to know the recipe for an aphrodisiac, prompting over 100 complaints from viewers with the court. The complaints accuse Jawad of violating Sharia law not only by having premarital sex, but also by publicizing it, according to Arab News.
Ahmad Qasim Al-Ghamdi, director of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice for Makkah, told Arab News that speaking so openly about vice is a punishable offense and that everyone involved with the broadcast is culpable.
"It is wrong to host people on television to speak publicly about vice and issues against our religion," he said. "The program presents anomalies and deviancy in society that are unacceptable and immoral and should be punished according to Shariah."
According to Arab News, "Red Line" is known for airing discussions on controversial issues in Saudi Arabia, such as homosexuality, and it defends itself as an objective forum for presenting a variety of topics from people around the Middle East.
According to CNN, Jawad is apologizing for his remarks and is embarking on a damage-control campaign that includes blaming LBC for portraying him out of context.