Posted by: becketfund | February 20, 2008

Saudi Arabia: New Criticism for Saudi Religious Police

RIYADH – On February 4, religious police detained a female businesswoman for “sitting with a man who is not a relative and exchanging words and laughter with him,” reports the Associated Press February 20. The woman, identified only by the name Yara, went to a Starbucks branch in Riyadh in order to use the Internet. When she was joined by a male colleague, she was quickly taken away by religious police affiliated with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. She was released approximately five and a half hours after interrogation and a forced confession.


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