JEDDAH – The lawyer representing Mazen Abdul Jawad, whose sentence of five years in prison and 1,000 lashes of the whip for revealing on television intimate details of his sexual exploits was upheld by the Appeals Court on Monday, has said that despite the ruling he remains convinced that “an annulment of the sentence is only a matter of time”.
“We got what we wanted in the text of the sentence which includes the line ‘Should new evidence appear through private action taken up with the Ministry of Culture and Information then a review should be conducted based on Article 206 Paragraph 5 of penal law procedures’,” said lawyer Solaiman Al-Jumai’i.
The lawyer issued a press statement Tuesday in which he said he and his client “intend to wait on Ministry of Culture investigations”. “We have presented to the ministry with proof of LBC’s distorting and dubbing and reediting of footage, and its contravening of Ministry of Culture regulations, and we have received assurance in a response from the ministry that it will take pertinent measures,” the statement said.
The Appeals Court upheld on Monday the District Court ruling sentencing Mazen Abdul Jawad to five years in prison and 1,000 lashes, and the convictions of three of Abdul Jawad’s companions who also took part in the LBC program the Bold Red Line broadcast in August last year and were given two years’ prison and 300 lashes each.
The rulings, first made four months ago, stated that the lashes of the whip be carried out at intervals, and further included the confiscation of Abdul Jawad’s car, his mobile telephone, and a bar on traveling abroad and on appearing in any form of media for a period of five years following the completion of his sentence.
Abdul Jawad is also obliged to sign a written pledge to refrain from similar offenses and to have sessions with an “advisory committee”, a psychiatrist and a social worker.
A fourth person, a cameraman from Jeddah Television Center, had been given a sentence not open to appeal of three months in prison and 70 lashes along with a subsequent two-year travel ban, while a fourth person who acted as a go-between between Abdul Jawad and LBC was sentenced to two months’ prison, a term he had completed by the time the court gave its ruling. – Okaz/SG