Saudi police on patrol in Riyadh
Saudi police cars are parked outside a mosque in central Riyadh. A Lebanese man nicknamed the "tattoo king" has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes in Saudi Arabia, according to the Al-Madina newspaper. © Fayez Nureldine - AFP/File
Saudi police on patrol in Riyadh
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Last updated: July 17, 2012

Saudi court condemns Lebanese "tattoo king" to jail and 200 lashes

A Lebanese man nicknamed the "tattoo king" has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes in the conservative Muslim kingdom, a Saudi newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"Investigations revealed the Lebanese had been practicing this job for nine years," said Al-Madina.

He was finally nabbed by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) in an undercover operation.

"They seized with him a bag in which he carried creams for weight loss, breast firming and for skin whitening," Al-Madina said. They also found on his mobile phone pictures of tattooed women.

Prosecutors said they would appeal for a stronger punishment against the man, who is also accused of having met privately with women in the Gulf state where mixing of the sexes is prohibited, said Al-Madina.

Tattooos are not in keeping with Islamic tradition but not officially banned.

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