A Saudi daily says the country's appeals court upheld sentences ranging between one to five years in prison and 500 lashes on four Saudis, for attacking religious police last year.

Al-Riyadh's Saturday edition says the four men — a father, his two sons and a nephew — were convicted of attacking and beating up Falah al-Zahrani, a member of the religious police who had detained the two sons.

The two sons had been arrested for allegedly harassing women in the streets, according to the paper.

The religious police patrol streets and malls throughout the kingdom, ensuring unmarried men and women do not mix, confronting women they feel are not properly covered or urging men to go to prayers.