Saudi religious police say sorry to Briton for attack

September 04, 2014 - 2:02:57 am

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s religious police issued a rare apology yesterday after members roughed up a British resident of Riyadh over paying at a women-only cash desk.

The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, known unofficially as Mutawaa, also vowed to punish the assailants, after an investigation prompted by a YouTube video showing members attacking the man and his Saudi wife.

The video showed a commission agent jump out of his car and attack the Briton and a woman in black abaya cloak outside a supermarket. The commission said that the investigation proved its patrol had violated instructions. “The commission apologises to the resident and his wife,” it said, insisting the act was an “isolated” incident.  

AFP

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