Three Saudi youths featured on an MTV reality program may face charges of "openly declaring sin" in their home country, reports The New York Times.
"True Life – Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia," which aired last month, featured interviews with young people such as Aziz, who was shown trying to meet his girlfriend for a date. Such a meeting is risky in the country, whose laws require unrelated men and women to keep apart. The Islamic sharia court may take one week or more to decide whether to proceed with a trial or dismiss the charges, according to an official at the court in Jeddah who spoke to Reuters, the Times said.
According to the Times article, "Penalties for convictions on morality offenses can include corporal punishment and imprisonment. MTV did not immediately respond to a request for comment."