Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Psychotic Dictatorship of Saudi Arabia

Her crime? Having a cup of coffee with a colleague in a Starbucks.""

RIYADH, 5 February 2008 — A Saudi mother of three, who works as a business partner and financial consultant for a reputable company in Jeddah, didn’t expect that a trip to the capital to open the company’s new branch office would have her thrown behind bars by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

“Your husband is no good,” she said, recounting the words of the commission members. “He should not have let you do this.”

She said she was admonished for traveling alone. The commission members told her that her colleague admitted that they always went out together. (Later, she learned that her colleague, a Syrian national, was also arrested. He still remains in detention.)

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