Saudi virtue officers held for ‘chasing’ girls

Saudi Arabia Security Authorities have arrested several members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vic, who were implicated in the pursuit of two girls next to a mall in the capital Riyadh.

 

A typical Saudi Arabian market

A typical Saudi Arabian market

The arrests, announced by the Interior Ministry in a statement, were made two weeks after the head of the commission took action against them and sacked a senior official.

“With reference to the incident reported on social media and afterwards by other media, and the allegations of a physical assault by a member of the commission on one of the girls, those who were involved have been arrested pending further investigations into the violations,” the ministry said.

The incident gained nationwide attention following the posting of a short clip showing a girl screaming in front of a mall in Riyadh as a member of the commission was trying to lead her to a car waiting nearby.

A spokesperson for the commission, Mohammad Al Sabr, said that the patrol did not comply with the rules and regulations with regard to making arrests, resulting in the escalation of the situation.

He added that the commission took punitive action against its members involved in the incident and stressed that no violation or abuse should be tolerated and that the rights of all suspects should be respected at all times.

The abuse incident occurred on Feb. 7, in front of Al Nakheel Mall and was caught on mobile cameras, sparking the wide outrage.

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