Saudi Arabia arrests Shi'ite writer after protests

By REUTERS
April 19, 2011 12:37

 
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DUBAI - Saudi authorities arrested a Shi'ite Muslim intellectual in the oil-producing eastern province where minority Shi'ites have staged protests in the strict Sunni kingdom, human rights activists said on Tuesday.

Security forces arrested al-Saeed al-Majid, a Shi'ite writer, on Sunday at his workplace in Khobar on the Gulf coast, the independent Human Rights First Society said in a statement. Shi'ite website Rasid.com confirmed the arrest.

"After the arrest, security forces raided his home in Qatif where they confiscated his laptop plus some personal belongings," Human Rights First said, adding the reason for his arrest was unclear.

Saudi authorities were not immediately available for comment.

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