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NEW YORK: A Saudi actor, who lives in Kuwait, was arrested by the Saudi moral police from a Riyadh mall where he was found mixing with women and taking selfies with them on Friday.
Abdul Aziz Al Kassar, who has acted in several dramas and presented programmes in Kuwait, was arrested by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice – which is the name of the Saudi moral police – as he was being mobbed by several women who were taking pictures and selfies with him, according to Gulf News.
The actor, who was on a work-related trip to Riyadh, was given bail as he now awaits possible as the moral police has accused him of using social media to meet women not related to him and then take pictures with them.
However, Al Kassar was quoted as telling Gulf Rotana television channel that he had arrived on Thursday in Saudi Arabia on a work trip.
He was quoted as saying, “I asked my followers on Snapchat about the best mall to visit and they recommended Al Nakheel, so I took up their suggestion and said on the social media that I was going there on Friday.
“However, I did not expect to find so many people waiting for me. I want to clarify that the presence of young women at the mall was not something under my control. When I stepped in, several fans came over and surrounded me until someone came over and pulled me aside into a room that I learned was reserved for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice inside the mall. I understood that the man who pulled me was a member of the commission and I did not resist him out of my respect for the Commission.”
The actor said the members of the Commission and mall officials should have warned him about the presence of the large number of fans.
“They did not tell me to stay away and that not meeting them was better.They initially took away my mobile, but returned it to me.”