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Saudi Arabian Woman Faces 2 Years in Prison for Hugging Singer Majid Al Mohandis

Majid al-Muhandis
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Majid al-Muhandis performs during a concert in Jeddah on Jan. 30, 2017. 

A young Saudi Arabian woman has been charged in the western city of Taif with breaking the country’s anti-harassment laws for jumping onstage and hugging a popular singer as he performed.

Al-Madina newspaper reported Tuesday the woman, whose name and age weren’t given, was arrested earlier this month at a festival when Majid Al Mohandis, an Iraqi-born singer with Saudi citizenship, was performing his solo act.

A video of the incident circulating on social media shows the woman, wearing a face-covering niqab veil, running up to Al Mohandis and embracing him around the neck before being pulled away by security.

The paper reports the woman acknowledges hugging Almohandis but argues she was incited to do so.

She faces a possible two years in prison and 100,000 Riyal ($27,000) fine if convicted.