Posted by: becketfund | September 19, 2008

Saudi Arabia: Arabs Denounce Cleric’s Fatwa on “Immoral TV”

RIYADH – Groups of Arabs from conservative to liberal are denouncing Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan’s edict that it was permissible to kill the owners of TV stations that broadcast “immoral” content, the AP reported on September 19. Many of those who expressed concern said that the al-Lihedan’s comments would fuel terrorism, encouraging attacks on TV station employees and owners. Sheik al-Lihedan is chief of Saudi Arabia’s highest tribunal – the Supreme Judiciary Council. The edict has focused attention on the nation’s legal system, which is run by Islamic cleric-judges and has faced increasing criticism because of the wide discretion judges have in punishing criminals.

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