A Lebanese man nicknamed the "Tattoo King" has been sentenced to one year inprison and 200 lashes in the conservative Muslim kingdom, a Saudi newspaperreported on Tuesday.
"Investigations revealed the Lebanese had been practicing this jobfor nine years," said Al-Madina."At first, he used to receive women in a rented apartment (in thewestern city of Jeddah) but later he began going to women's homes to drawtattoos on their bodies" to avoid being caught by Saudi religious police, saidthe daily.He was finally nabbed by members of the Commission for the Promotionof Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) in an undercover operation."They seized with him a bag in which he carried creams for weightloss, breast firming and for skin whitening," Al-Madina said. They also found onhis mobile phone pictures of tattooed women.Prosecutors said they would appeal for a stronger punishment againstthe man, who is also accused of having met privately with women in the Gulfstate where mixing of the sexes is prohibited, said Al-Madina.Tattoos are not in keeping with Islamic tradition but not officiallybanned.