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Saudi actor arrested ‘for taking selfies with female fans in shopping mall’

An Saudi Arabian actor was arrested in a shopping mall after ‘ taking selfies with female fans’.

Actor Abdul Aziz Al Kassar, who is widely recognized in Saudi Arabia, was arrested at a shopping centre in Riyadh, a number of videos shows him being swarmed by dozens of fans, who were screaming trying to pose for a photograph.

The arrest happened on October 23 when members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice pulled him into a small room after the run in with the fans.
He was accused of disturbing the public order, mixing with women unrelated to him and abusing social media before being remanded in custody.

Al Kassar said: “I did not expect to find so many people waiting for me [at the mall].”
“I want to clarify that the presence of young women at the mall was not something under my control,” he said.

“When I stepped in, several fans came over and surrounded me until someone came over and pulled me aside into a room.” “I learned I was reserved for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice inside the mall,” he continued.

“I understood that the man who pulled me was a member of the Commission – and I did not resist him out of my respect for the Commission.”

“They did not tell me to stay away and that not meeting them was better,” he said.
“They initially took away my mobile, but returned it to me [later],” he added.
Al Kassar was eventually released on bail.

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