Syr­ian ar­rested in Saudi over pro-As­sad FB photo

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIYADH:

Saudi po­lice ar­rested a Syr­ian res­i­dent in Riyadh af­ter he posted a photo of him­self on Face­book prais­ing the re­cap­ture of his home city of Aleppo by gov­ern­ment forces, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Al-Riyadh news­pa­per yesterday.

A photo pub­lished with the re­port showed a man with his hand raised and his fin­gers pointed in a vic­tory sign. His fa­cial fea­tures were blurred to con­ceal his iden­tity.

The news­pa­per said the res­i­dent, iden­ti­fied as be­ing in his 40s, was ac­cused of pub­lish­ing state­ments re­lated to the war in Syria. Saudi Ara­bia is a ma­jor re­gional backer of the rebel brigades fight­ing to oust Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad. The rebels were dealt a crip­pling blow this week when Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces re­cap­tured Aleppo.

Pub­lic ex­pres­sions of dis­sent are con­sid­ered crim­i­nal of­fences in the con­ser­va­tive Is­lamic king­dom, which has jailed peo­ple both for phys­i­cal protests and for on­line state­ments. — Reuters

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