A Saudi diplomat has been sentenced to a caning by a judge in Singapore for allegedly molesting a hotel intern.
Bander Yahya A Alzahrani, who works for the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beijing, faces four strokes of the stick after being found guilty of groping the 20-year-old woman in an en-suite bathroom.
Caning is legal for sexual abuse, vandalism and rioting offenders, as well as for foreigners who have overstayed visas by more than 90 days.
The same corporal punishment can be dished out for convicts in Mr Alzahrani’s native Saudi Arabia.
According to the Straits Times, the court heard the father of three was on holiday with his family when he started kissing the intern on her neck and face in a Sentosa hotel on 14 August last year.
The popular island resort attracts around 20m people each year and boasts a 2km-long sheltered beach, two golf courses, 14 hotels and a Universal Studios theme park.
The 39-year-old was convicted of molesting her on two occasions, and during the second time, forcing her to touch him.