Blackmailers of women to be ‘named and shamed’

Updated 16 April 2014

Blackmailers of women to be ‘named and shamed’

Three people found guilty of extorting money from women will have their names and photographs published in the media “in the next few days,” said Sheikh Abdullateef Al-Asheikh, the chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia).
Al-Asheikh said the three people were arrested for being involved in several cases of blackmailing women for money. He was speaking at a ceremony honoring Haia members who arrested the extortionists in Riyadh recently.
“The names and photographs of the guilty will be published in the media in the next few days,” said Al-Asheikh. All the people involved confessed to the crimes, he said.
He said the Haia arrested one of the guilty men in Al-Rawdha neighborhood. He had blackmailed a woman that he knew, and forced his way into her house.
On two occasions in one night, she had to take shelter on the roof with her children to escape from him. The situation had made her suicidal. When the man tried this a third time, she reported the matter to Haia members who arrested him.
“The other case involves a woman who sent some photographs to a young man who started blackmailing her. She then filed a complaint. When Haia members tried to arrest him, he began shooting at them but no one was hurt. The Haia found hashish and drugs on him. He was with other persons who fled the scene in their cars,” he said.
The third case, said Al-Asheikh, involved a man and his wife. “The wife helped her husband to befriend married and divorced women using various methods. The couple then obtained photographs of these women and blackmailed them. The man was arrested while demanding SR7,000 from a woman,” he said.
He said that Haia members only start tracking people once they are sure they are guilty. He said the commission also takes action against females involved in such cases, according to Islamic law. However, most judgments against these people are not harsh enough, he said.
Al-Asheikh said all creeds and religions ban this type of behavior, that are committed by people with “weak” personalities. “Our communities must unite against such practices, which can only lead to the destruction of the family.”
He said these perpetrators target “weak and helpless females for dirty ends.” He said women often assist male blackmailers to carry out their crimes.
Al-Asheikh said the Haia in Al-Murabba and Al-Musanadah are investigating four cases of extortion. It has a backlog of hundreds of such cases it cannot address because of the lack of resources.
He said some cases involve girls as young as 13 who have accounts on Twitter.


Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

Updated 29 October 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

  • The foreign ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism
  • The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and instincts. 
The ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of victims and the French government and public, wishing those injured a speedy recovery. 
The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime.”
The MWL added that Islam is innocent of such attacks and considers them “ugly crimes” that are a product of terrorist ideologies.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the attack and said it rejects extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms regardless of motives.

The Council of Senior Scholars condemned the Nice Attack and said it is the duty of people to practice tolerance and constructive cooperation in the world. 

It added that Islam places utmost importance on protecting civilians.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt also condemned the attack.