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.