The Saudi social mores and laws are heavily influenced by ultra-conservative Muslims. Homosexuality and being transgender are widely seen as immoral and indecent activities, and the law punishes acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing with punishments of fines, prison time up to life,  and capital punishment. Saudi Arabia has no criminal code. This is derived from the Qur'an and the traditions of Muhammad contained in the Sunnah ;  ijma , or scholarly consensus on the meaning of the Qur'an and the Sunnah developed after Muhammad's death; and Qiyas , or analogical reasoning applied to the principles of the Qur'an, Sunnah and ijma. Reformers have often called for codified laws to be instituted, and there appears to be a trend in the country to codify, publish and even translate some Saudi criminal and civil laws.
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Exclusive: Men who fled own country after threats to out them have been detained in Australia. Two Saudi journalists who fled the country after one was interrogated and threatened with their relationship being outed by authorities have been detained in Australia after seeking asylum. The men, who arrived in Australia some weeks ago, have drawn stark similarities between their treatment in Saudi and their treatment in Australia. They allege they have been threatened with violence twice by other detainees while in the detention centre , intimidated by guards, and witnessed rampant drug use among detainees. Sultan is a journalist and former employee with the ministry of media, and has assisted numerous foreign journalists in Saudi Arabia as a field producer, as well as defending the regime to international press.
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Saudi Arabia operates an uncodified criminal code based on Sharia law. Under this framework, sex outside marriage is illegal. As same-sex marriage is not permitted, same-sex intimacy is criminalised.
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