July 24, 2014 at 7:52 AM EDT

According to the Gulf News, a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a gay man to three years in prison and 450 lashes “for using his Twitter account to promote homosexual contacts.”

The man, 24, was arrested after he posted several tweets calling for homosexual relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, local daily Al Watan reported on Tuesday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, was alerted about the tweets and was able to apprehend the young man after it set him up using an undercover agent.

Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia.

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