Saudi man sentenced to ‘prayer calls’ instead of whippingBy DPA, IANS
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
RIYADH - A court in the Saudi district of Badr sentenced a man Wednesday to perform prayer calls at a local mosque for one month, Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh reported.
The man had been convicted of covering up details of a theft and was given the sentence as an alternative to the standard punishment, whipping.
In addition to performing the call to prayer five times a day, the man has been ordered by the court to memorize a section of the Islamic holy book, the Koran.
The sentence has been used by a large number of Saudi judges in cases where they believe a convict has a high chance of rehabilitation into society.
Saudi Arabia follows strict Islamic laws, or sharia, which often employs corporal punishment for criminal offenses.