A Saudi court has sentenced a man to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes for boasting about his sexual exploits on television, in a case
that has divided public opinion in the Islamic kingdom.
Abdul-Jawad, a divorced father of four, was arrested in August after discussing his premarital sexual encounters, showing off his pick-up techniques and displaying some sex toys and lubricants on a Lebanese TV programme.
His comments caused a public outcry in Saudi Arabia, where the religious elite has vast powers over society and religious police enforce segregation of men and women in public.
Three of Abdul-Jawad's friends who appeared on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) were sentenced to two years in jail and 300 lashes each.
Abdul-Jawad, 32, spoke from his bedroom on an episode of "In Bold Red". He was shown driving his red convertible to a shopping mall where he said he used his mobile phone to pick up girls.
A court official said that Abdul-Jawad's phone and car would be confiscated and he would be banned from traveling after completing his term.