Web Desk: Saudi authorities have arrested a group of men and women for having a mixed party with dance and drinks in Jeddah, local media reported.
A video clip posted on youtube last Tuesday, showing a group of men and women in western styled dresses are dancing together on a terrace of a building. Music being played in the background and alcohol bottles seen on the table.
According to the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz, after the clip went viral, Jeddah police organized a special task force to look into the video led by Major-General Saeed Al-Qarni and supervised by Jeddah police chief Brigadier-General Abdulwahab Al-Asiri.
The team used imaging analysis to locate the address of the apparent get-together, which they identified by observing the 170 meter tall, Jeddah Flagpole seen in the background. The Jeddah Flagpole is the highest flagpole in the world since its inauguration in 2014.
The chief suspect, a Jordanian, was arrested while trying to flee the country. After being questioned by the police, he eventually admitted to organizing the party. Afterwards, three female guests, a Lebanese woman and her friends, were questioned and admitted to being at the party, reported Almasar Online.
The accused potentially face a particularly harsh punishment. Saudi Arabia has strict rules governing the mixed socialization of unrelated men and women, as well as a total ban on the use and sale of alcohol. Unlike some other Islamic countries, the rules apply equally to Muslims and non-believers.