reported that the woman told the court she swore in jest, but the judge still handed down the sentence of 50 lashes. The woman is allowed to appeal the sentence.
Severe punishments for swearing are not unheard of in the Kingdom. In 2008 the LA Times
reported a Turkish barber working in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to death by beheading for swearing at a neighbor who complained to the authorities.
In an earlier case a British hospital manager was sentenced to 50 lashes for swearing at his staff. According to the Post and Courier
the incident occurred in 1992.