An editor at a well-known Arabic-language daily newspaper was arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for applying makeup in preparation for attending a “homosexual party” there, Emirates 24/7 reported yesterday.
The arrest was made by the Saudi religious police known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The journalist was also charged with possession of alcohol.
The article stated:
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice were on a routine patrol when they spotted a car parked near the road in the capital Riyadh.
“They found the man adding make up to his face and after searching his car, they found three bottles of liquor,” Alsaudeh Arabic language daily said.
The journalist was not named, nor was any account given of what happened to him after the arrest, which is not unusual in news accounts about Saudi Arabia.
He apparently was not charged with homosexual activity, which in Saudi Arabia under some circumstances is punishable by death.
Read the full account in Emirates 24/7 (the second half of a two-subject news story).
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