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I'm sure that if Saudi Arabia had crossed the line and decreed 15,000 lashes, then the United States would immediately condemn this atrocity. But 14,200 is no big deal. After all, these men were dancing:
Dozens of Saudi men caught dancing and "behaving like women" at a party have been sentenced to a total of 14,200 lashes, after a trial held behind closed doors and without defence lawyers.
The men were also given jail sentences of up to two years.
They were arrested last month when the police in Jeddah raided a party which was described by a Saudi newspaper as a "gay wedding".
"Prosecuting and imprisoning people for homosexual conduct are flagrant human rights violations," Scott Long, of the US organisation Human Rights Watch said. "Subjecting the victims to floggings is torture, pure and simple."
HRW said it had established that 31 of the men received prison sentences of six months to one year, plus 200 lashes each. Four were jailed for two years with 2,000 lashes.
A further 70 men were released after the raid but summoned to a police station on April 3, where they were told they had been sentenced to one year's imprisonment.