At least 67 Filipino workers face prison and public lashes after being arrested at a gay party celebrating Philippine Independence Day at a Riyadh villa. Some of the men were in drag, according to Agence France Presse.
"They had alcohol and some were dressed up like women," Philippines embassy Vice Consul Roussel Reyes said. Both drinking and cross-dressing are forbidden under Saudi Arabia's conservative Islam based sharia laws, and both could bring up to six months in prison and lashes. None were charged with homosexual acts, a much more serious charge under Saudi law, Reyes said. The men have all been released to their employers while formal charges are drawn up, he added."
The Philipine Star adds the men face up to 50-60 lashes for "imitating women" and "display of homosexuality."
Two similar cases happened last year summer.
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