Arab News reports on the case of two religious policemen accused of causing the death of a man when they broke into his house on suspicion that he was involved in alcohol and drugs trafficking. The Riyadh court found insufficient evidence for a conviction and the two were released from jail. The case is being appealed to the Court of Cassation. The article reprints a statement from the court on why they found the evidence insufficient. Their reasoning is sure to baffle any fan of ‘Law and Order’; we’re certainly not in Kansas….

Court Clears Two Commission Members of Wrongdoing
Raid Qusti, Arab News

RIYADH, 29 November 2007 — The judges in the case of two members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice who were accused of causing the death of Salman Al-Huraisi following a raid of his house in May dismissed the charges yesterday in the Riyadh High Court.

The court in Riyadh “acquitted the two members of the Commission of the charge of being directly responsible for the death of Al-Huraisi, for lack of sufficient evidence,” the commission’s lawyer Yussef Al-Nuqaidan said.


November:28:2007 - 23:01 | Comments & Trackbacks (4) | Permalink
4 Responses to “Saudi Religious Police Cleared on Murder Charge”
  1. 1
    olivetheoil Said:
    November:28:2007 - 23:34 

    I found it funny that the Saudi FM was griping that the Qatif Girl case was being used to malign Saudi Arabia.

    With all due respect Sir, the maligning is being done very effectively by your own judicial system.

    If the FM would like the world to stop laughing at the justice system in his country, he might first want to make sure that it is not comprised of fools whose every pronouncement serve to make the country and its judiciary look more ridiculous.

  2. 2
    Sparky Said:
    November:29:2007 - 05:17 

    Olivetheoil: You comments are great! Nothing can misalign without one alowing that to happen. Thank you.

  3. 3
    Saudi in the US Said:
    November:29:2007 - 10:12 

    In addition of clearing the commission members, another court had already convicted the victim’s family members and sentenced them to lashes and jail terms as accessories to the crime of distributing alcohol and drugs. This includes his father who is over 70 and a blind relative.

    It is amazing how they struck out all the evidence in this case. This puts a new meaning to getting away with murder on a technicality. They must have had OJ’s dream team representing them.

  4. 4
    John Burgess Said:
    November:29:2007 - 10:35 

    It rather looks that way…

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