August 10, 2007

AL QAEDA WITH THE PATINA OF SOVEREIGNTY:

Saudi police beat us up, say British Shia pilgrims (Kim Sengupta, 11 August 2007, Independent)

A group of British and American Muslims on pilgrimage to Mecca say they were illegally detained and brutally beaten by Saudi religious police.

The men, who suffered physical mistreatment as well as verbal abuse during their incarceration, claim they were arrested because they are Shia and Westerners. The Foreign Office is expected to raise the matter with the Saudi government although the authorities in the country say they have already started an investigation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2007 8:12 PM
Comments

Given conditions in the kingdom right now, if 2 or 3 matawan were assassinated each week (starting now), they wouldn't be missed. And it might make the others think twice before killing suspects and beating women and forcing schoolgirls back into burning buildings. After 6 or 7 months, the matawan would be begging the King to protect them.

Posted by: ratbert at August 11, 2007 10:44 AM

I'm curious as to how the Saudis identified them as Shia. Surely they don't look different from Sunnis, and I doubt if it was on their passports.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 11, 2007 5:31 PM

Support a Federal gas tax and use the revenue to offset the income tax.

Posted by: Genecis at August 12, 2007 11:33 AM
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