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It is unclear if this judicial advisory is still enacted, or how many people have been executed for sodomy.
Some of the official news reports on persons convicted of sodomy often seem to provide conflicting opinions.
In 1928, the Saudi judicial board advised Muslim judges to look for guidance in two books by the Hanbalite jurist Mar'I ibn Yusuf al-Karmi al Maqdisi (d.1033/1624).
Liwat (sodomy) is to be "treated like fornication, and must be punished in the same way.
The exit and entry paperwork does not ask people about their sexual orientation, as it does their nationality, religion and marital status.
No same-sex marriage, domestic partnership or civil union has any legal standing in the nation and may be used as evidence to initiate criminal proceedings.
Much of the subsequent written law has focused primarily on the areas of economics and foreign relations.
Reformists have often called for codified laws, and there does appear to be a trend within the country to codify, publish, and even translate some Saudi criminal and civil laws .
Likewise, on November 7, 2005 Riyadh police raided what the Saudi press called a "beauty contest for gay men" at al-Qatif.
If muhsan (married, or within a legal concubinage) and free, one must be stoned to death, while a free bachelor must be whipped 100 lashes and banished for a year." Sodomy is thus proven either by the perpetrator confessing four times or by the testimony of four trustworthy Muslim men.