Saudi Arabian authorities have fined a school fined more than $25,000 (€23,115) over what it claimed were ’emblems of homosexuality’ on the building’s facade – rainbows.
Talee al-Noor International School in the capital Riyadh has since been repainted.
‘They sent the school administrator responsible for the emblem to jail in preparation to refer the case to the Bureau of Investigation and the general prosecutor,’ reported one of the Twitter accounts associated with the country’s Islamic religious police.
BuzzFeed News was the first English media outlet to break the news, which was not widely reported in the Middle Eastern nation.
But one Saudi news editor, Saeed Matooq of the Arab Channel, mocked the authorities’ action on social media.
‘This is a Saudi school painted normally,’ he tweeted.
‘They said it is marketing for homosexuality, and then formed a committee and erased the colors. My question is: did the colors come first or did homosexuality?’
Gay sex is illegal in Saudi Arabia and punishable by up to life in prison, fines and/or whipping/flogging, castration, torture and even death.
Last month, religious police raided two gay parties in the city of Jeddah and arrested several men.