Not safe in Saudi?
Crime in the kingdom increased by 14 percent in 2008, say authorities.
August 13, 2009 10:10 by Aarti Nagraj
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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