He was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined $ 1330. The Anti-Torture Act was amended a year ago to allow the names of offenders and their sentences to be published in local newspapers at their expense. The judges were given a home to assess whether the law justifies the seriousness of the crime and its impact on society. This amendment was welcomed by many in a conservative country like Saudi Arabia.
The law, which came into force in 2018, provides for up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $ 27,000 for those found guilty of sexual harassment. Repeat offenders face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 80,000. Despite these laws, some Saudi women complained that the authorities still did not take adequate measures to prevent torture.