Friday, May 26, 2006

Mutawwa Reform

Saudi Arabia's religious police will now be just police and not the judges:
"Interior Minister Prince Nayef decreed that public prosecutors would deal with all cases concerning harassment', stopping the ultraconservative kingdom's unique morality squad from detaining suspects for hours, the state media said.

"'The role of the 'authority for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice' ends with apprehending suspected individuals and handing them to the police, who then present them to prosecutors with a report of the incident involved,' it said.

The article mentions that Nayef is an advocate for the mutawwa (the religious police), so I interpret this as another small but important victory for King Abdullah's reform programs.


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