To be frank I wouldn’t go about hugging strangers in Saudi Arabia so I’m sure he knew he’d likely get in trouble for it. He was arrested on the charges of indulging in exotic practices and offending public order. It’s worth noting he was only hugging other men and the majority looked accepting of the situation.
“I liked the idea and thought it could bring happiness to Saudi Arabia.” – Mr Swed
I guess stuck in jail wasn’t what he had in mind when he was thinking about happiness. You have to spread happiness very discreetly my friend.[Source]