Qatar sentences man to lashes for drinking alcohol

Published Monday, April 22, 2013

A Qatari court has sentenced a foreign hairdresser from an unspecified Asian country to 40 lashes over consuming alcohol in the Gulf state, a local daily reported on Monday.

He was arrested after another man accused him of harassing his domestic worker by throwing a piece of paper at her on which he scribbled his phone number, Al-Sharq daily reported.

Police found him drunk when they arrived, it said.

In addition to the lashes the man was fined 500 riyals ($135) for causing disturbance.

It is illegal for foreigners in Qatar to purchase alcohol without a permit.

(AFP)

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