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Not safe in Saudi?

Not safe in Saudi?

Crime in the kingdom increased by 14 percent in 2008, say authorities.


August 13, 2009 10:10 by

One of the most recent crimes in the kingdom to gain international attention was the arrest of 32-year-old Abdul Jawad in Jeddah last week. Jawad was detained by the police after he spoke about his sexual escapades on the TV show “A Thick Red Line.”

Suleiman Al-Mutawae, acting spokesman for Jeddah police, told Arab News that speaking about promiscuous acts “is a violation of the Sharia regulations on the one hand, and against Saudi customs on the other.” According to media reports, Jawad could face flogging or even the death penalty for the alleged crime of publicizing vice.

Saudi Arabia has also shut down offices of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) in Jeddah and Riyadh for airing the interview. Abdul-Rahman al-Hazza, spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information, confirmed to CNN that the Riyadh LBC office “was shut down because of the program that aired.”

The Jeddah office also violated “media policy in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

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  1. Ahad Austin on August 16, 2009 7:21 am


    I have been working & living around the world for more a decade, I found Saudi Arabia “THE SAFEST PLACE” to work and live in the World.

    You guys are good in getting statistic data with no judgment.

    Come here & I will give you a free tour of the cities as you state that “Not safe in Saudi? Crime in the kingdom increased …….bah bah….

    Think before you post!

    Ahad Austin
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  2. Shehab Ahmed on August 18, 2009 10:29 am

    Al cohol, drugs shouldn’t all mean it is a crime it is individual cases and it happens in all societies and for this to happen that doesnt mean it is not safe in Saudi especially when you compare it to the crimes happening in other parts in the world like the US and Europe.


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