Viral Photo Of Saudi Women Posing Alongside Cars Prompts Penal Action

The organizer of the car show had to sign a pledge to assure authorities nothing of the sort would happen again in the future.



A motor show organizer in Saudi Arabia was found guilty of violating the country’s Sharia laws after photos of young women posing alongside cars at his exhibition went viral.

The Saudi Gazette reports the Saudi National Program for Conventions and Exhibitions took punitive measures against the organizer of the Luxury Motor Show for a number of violations against the Gulf kingdom’s Islamic laws and traditions.

The Saudi publication didn’t specifically mention what the transgression was, but stated the authorities sprang into actions after “pictures of young Saudi women models posing in front of the pavilion of a luxurious car company at the show went viral on social media.”

Not only did the organizer of the show face penalty for his said violation of Saudi laws, he was also made to sign an oath assuring the government the mistake would not be repeated in the future.

“The program emphasized that the Islamic values and customs shall be fully adhered to while organizing any exhibitions and conventions as well as the regulations for issuing licenses for holding exhibitions and events,” according to the Gazette.

Some motor show and car company officials were detained for interrogation.

At least one report suggests the female models pictured in the now controversial picture were arrested. The Gazette, however, didn’t confirm if this was true.

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