Saudi vice squad member held for having six wives

July 31st, 2008 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Riyadh, July 31 (DPA) A member of Saudi Arabia’s religious police was arrested for having six wives, two more than allowed under Islamic law, a local newspaper reported Thursday. The 56-year-old man, who is an employee of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, is under investigation in Jazan province, south-west of the kingdom, according to the Saudi daily al-Watan.

The commission is in charge of enforcing the strict Wahabi version of the Islamic sharia law.

The man denied the charges and said he had divorced two spouses, and was only keeping four wives, which is allowed under sharia.

The sixth wife, who was arrested along with her husband, said she was not aware that he had five other wives.

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