Teenager arrested for viral videos

Teenager arrested for viral videos


By Essa Al-Shamani
Okaz/Saudi Gazette

RIYADH — The police arrested a teenager on Sunday for misdemeanor on live broadcasting website YouNow. Riyadh Police spokesman Col. Fawaz Al-Mayman said the police arrested the teen known as Abu Sin on Sunday.

“The live broadcasting website YouNow was launched in 2011 and was popularized among Gulf Arab youth. Abu Sin is 19 years old and he was arrested for unethical behavior. His videos received many comments and many of the commenters of the general public demanded for him to be punished for his actions,” said Al-Mayman.

He added Abu Sin became famous for his video with the Californian 21-year-old Christina. “The two of them composed enticing videos which received thousands of followers and viewers from all over the world within a short period of time. Most of the viewers were from the Arab world. Abu Sin, nicknamed for his projecting tooth, became famous and received negative attention,” said Al-Mayman.

He added the police tracked down the teenager and identified him to arrest him. “The case was forwarded to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution. The police expects the general public to cooperate with it and join efforts in maintaining a safe and secure community,” said Al-Mayman.

Lawyer Abdulrahman Al-Lahem said the videos of Abu Sin breach Shariah Law and information technology law. “The teenager could face prison term — ranging from a year to three — depending on the sentence issued by the judge. The ethics and morals of Shariah Law apply even on the Internet,” said Al-Lahem.