Saudi king replaces head of morality police

By REUTERS
January 13, 2012 14:29

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Friday replaced the head of the country's morality police, which enforces compliance to Sharia law, at a time when some Saudis have complained that it is growing more aggressive.

No reason was given for replacing Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Humain with Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh in the royal decree, which was announced on the state news agency.

The morality police force is known formally as the organization for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice.

Its officers patrol the country's streets making sure shops are closed at prayer times, that people are modestly dressed, and strict gender segregation is observed.


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