Posted by: becketfund | February 4, 2007

Saudi Arabia: Religious Police Arrest 433 Foreigners, Jail 20

The Associated Press reports that Saudi Arabia’s religious police arrested 433 partygoers, all of them foreigners, who violated the country’s interpretation of Islam by attending a party with alcohol and mixed male-female dancing. Twenty of the defendants were sentenced to lashings and three to four months in prison for “drinking, arranging an impudent party, mixed dancing and shooting a video”. The others who were arrested are still awaiting trial. Despite new restrictions on the religious police by the Saudi Interior Ministry, the force still greatly interferes in the private lives of those living in the country.

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