Thursday, January 03, 2008

Blogger Detained in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi authorities have detained a popular blogger for violating the kingdom's laws, a senior Interior Ministry official said Tuesday. It was the first known arrest of a Saudi online critic.

...from blog of Fouad Ahmed al-Farhan, a leading Saudi blogger who has been held without charge since early December 2007:"We believe al-Farhan is being held for comments published on his Web site, On December 10, Saudi security agents detained al-Farhan at the Jeddah office of the IT company he owns. Security agents later visited his home and confiscated his laptop."

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Saudi Arabia is one of U.S. most significant allies in the middle east.


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