They were arrested early April 4 morning in a joint operation between regular police forces and the security officers of the Haia or Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The arrests were made at a beach resort “during a party allegedly for homosexuals,” reports peninsulatimes.org.
Among those arrested were a group “of men wearing women’s clothes,” according to Al-Weeam website.
Neighbors allegedly contacted Haia officials because they heard loud music being played at the party in the Al-Samer neighborhood, East of Jeddah.
The police took the arrested to the Samer Police Department and withheld the dresses and the music equipment.
What has became of the men arrested is not known.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice violently enforces Islam’s strictest interpretation of Sharia law in Saudia Arabia.
Essentially a militia, it comprises of some 3,500 members who patrol streets, hotels and even private homes to impose “a never-ending inquisition on the population,” according to Laurent Murawiec, a think-tank geostrategist and author of “Princes of Darkness: The Saudi Assault on the West.”
LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia are nonexistent. Same-sex relations are taboo and punished with imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, torture, capital punishment, and chemical castrations. Transgender men and women are viewed as being gay and suffer the same fate.
Even government officials and those from the royal family are not immune from criminal sanctions for same sex relations.
In 2010 Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud was charged with the murder of his male companion as well as sexually abusing his servant and paying other men for sexual services.
More recently, a gay diplomat named Ali Ahmad Asseri applied for asylum in the United States after the Saudi government discovered his sexuality.
It is unclear how many people have been executed or actually arrested for same-sex relations as they are often combined with other offences.
Recent reports say of a Yemeni executed for same sex relations as well as murder in 2013 and a 27-year-old Saudi man sentenced in 2010 to five years in prison, 500 lashes of the whip and a SR50,000 ((US$13,334) fine after appearing in an amateur gay video online allegedly taken inside a Jeddah prison.
Source: peninsulatimes.org; en.wikipedia.org