Jeddah | A 23-year-old German citizen is facing the death penalty after he mistakingly urinated on the sacred Kaaba stone of the Holy City of Mecca while highly intoxicated by alcohol.
Mohammed al Hashim, 23, a young student in mechanical engineering, was highly intoxicated by alcohol after drinking approximately 12 half bottles of wine to himself on the 9-hour flight from Munich according to airplane staff.
He also indulged in a multitude of cocktails and had a few beers according to other passengers who were present during the flight.
Hashim was allegedly visiting the Holy City of Mecca for the first time according to his parents who had paid for the trip hoping to exalt his religious fervor.
“He kept asking for the washroom and could barely walk by himself. I thought he was suffering from heat stroke,” one eyewitness told local reporters.
“He just dropped his pants and started peeing on the Kaaba stone and on the pilgrims next to him,” said another eyewitness.
“He also put his head on the Kaaba stone and started violently vomiting on himself and onto the stone before police arrested him,” added another.
An offense punishable by death
Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia and the death sentence, in this case, is important to set an example, explained Saudi judge, Omar Hussein.
“Desecrating the Holy City by walking inside its walls while intoxicated by alcohol is unheard of and deserves the capital punishment,” he told local reporters.
“What could be worse than vomiting and peeing on Islam’s most esteemed and sacred site?” he asked in court.
“Even having homosexual sex or sex with an animal would be less of an insult to Islam,” he added, visibly furious.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia according to Sharia law and offenders usually face jail time, lashes or deportation and a several-year ban to visit the country for foreigners.