Saudi sources: Miniskirt model Kholoud released without charges

Model Kholoud from the controversial Snapchat clip. (video grab)
Updated 21 July 2017
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Saudi sources: Miniskirt model Kholoud released without charges

JEDDAH: A 27-year-old aspiring model from Saudi Arabia who was taken into police custody on Tuesday has been released.
The release of the woman — identified only as Kholoud — was confirmed by a statement issued on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Information and by a source at the Riyadh police that Arab News spoke to.
She was released on the same day she was arrested and a spokesperson on behalf of the police claimed she was never detained but merely brought in for questioning.
A statement released by Saudi Arabia's Center for International Communication, which is overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Information, confirmed that the police released the woman after several hours of questioning and the video was published without her knowledge.
The story developed over the past few days, when a short video of the woman wearing a black miniskirt and sleeveless crop top in a public Saudi historical landmark went viral. Women residing in Saudi Arabia are expected to wear a loose, black, full-length garment known as an abaya whenever they are in a public place.

Within hours of the video going viral, a police investigation was initiated, and early on Tuesday the Riyadh Police issued a statement indicating that the woman had been identified and questioned. The story made international headlines after it was first reported in local daily Okaz.
On social media many Saudis posted messages of support to the woman, saying that there was nothing wrong with what she had done, particularly since she had not offended anyone, since there was nobody at the site when she visited.
Others took a more conservative view, calling for the woman to be punished for promoting sin, stating that her actions violate the Kingdom’s cultural and religious traditions.


Muslim World League launches relief, development projects in Senegal

Updated 10 min 55 sec ago
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Muslim World League launches relief, development projects in Senegal

  • MWL has distributed more than 1,500 food baskets in Malika and truckloads of food aid to Kolda —  the site of a recent fire

DAKAR: The Muslim World League (MWL) has launched a raft of urgently needed relief projects — including medical facilities — in Senegal.

Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the MWL secretary-general, explained that the organization has distributed more than 1,500 food baskets in Malika, on the outskirts of Dakar, and truckloads of food aid to Kolda —  the site of a recent fire.

Al-Issa said that the MWL’s cataract-treatment program at a Dakar hospital has so far treated hundreds of poor patients, while in Tiyas, the secretary-general laid the cornerstone for the Al-Afiah model dispensary, which will reportedly be the first of its kind in the region and will serve thousands of people in the city and surrounding villages.

Al-Issa also gave the green light to resume construction of the Dar Al-Hikma Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Tiyas.

In a speech toward the end of his tour of Senegal, Al-Issa stressed that Islam dictates that its followers offer aid and services to those in need regardless of their nationality, race or culture.

Recently, Senegalese President Macky Sall honored Al-Issa for his work in promoting moderation and religious and intercultural cooperation around the world.

Sall expressed his gratitude for Al-Issa’s visit, which included staging the MWL’s international conference, and stressed how much his government values the MWL’s programs in Africa.

“What the MWL is doing around the world, particularly in Africa, is an Islamic and humanitarian duty dictated by the values of our noble faith,” Al-Issa said.