Brother of girl who killed herself released

Updated 30 July 2013
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Brother of girl who killed herself released

Police released the brother of Hanan Al-Shahri, the Saudi woman who set herself ablaze and died last month when her uncle and brother refused to allow her to marry.
As the Human Rights Association moved Monday to pursue the case, Al-Shahri's uncle was still in police custody. Police said he will remain in their custody for further questioning.
“The association has moved to pursue the case after the publication of reports and is preparing to issue a press statement about the case,” said Ali Al-Shaabi, a supervisor for the Human Rights Association in Asir.
The association was unable to communicate with the mother of the victim because she moved to Bisha city in the Asir region, according to Al-Shaabi.
In reports published Sunday, police did not give details of the incident of the allegedly battered woman who was found burned in the kitchen of her family home.
The victim was prevented by her brother and uncle from marrying a man of her choice. This allegedly led her to commit suicide by setting herself on fire.
The girl, who was a student at the Faculty of Education in Bisha, faced harsh treatment from her brother after her father’s death. He most recently rejected the marriage proposal of a young man who had had paid a dowry to her uncle.






The woman drank gasoline and set herself on fire. She died a day after being brought to Mahil Asir hospital, according to a relative of the victim, who asked not to be identified.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”