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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Give Him a Break, Will you?

Give this man a break. He cannot count

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man working for the country's vice squad who is accused of having six wives, two more than allowed under Islamic law, a newspaper reported yesterday. The 56-year-old Saudi, detained in the southwestern province of Jazan near the border with Yemen, is being questioned over charges that he is married to three Saudi and three Yemeni women, Al-Watan said. The man is an employee of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the religious police commonly known as the Muttawa, which is in charge of enforcing a strict Islamic moral code in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom. He has denied the charge, claiming he has divorced two of his spouses, the newspaper said. The governor of Jazan has ordered the formation of a committee to look into the case. Muslim men can keep up to four wives at a time under shariah, or Islamic law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia.


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