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13 April 2024

'Famous' Saudi businessman held for running vice den


Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police arrested a well-known local businessman for turning his luxury villa into a vice den, newspapers reported on Sunday.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice raided the villa in the capital Riyadh and arrested the businessman along with five other men and four women, who are all Saudi, they said.

The Commission decided to storm the villa after receiving reports from local residents about suspected activities late night, the papers added.

“During the raid, they arrested a famous businessman, who owns the villa, as well as five other Saudi men and four Saudi women…they also found imported liquor bottles,” the Arabic language daily Alsaudeh said without identifying the businessman.

Baby drowns in water bucket

A one-year-old Saudi boy died after drowning in a water bucket used under the air conditioning set at his house in the Gulf kingdom.

The boy was playing just outside his room when he crawled towards the bucket and climbed up, Sabq newspaper said.

“He fell into the bucket and could not get out…he died while his parents were inside the house,” the paper said in a report from the southern town of Mikhwat.

'Homesick' Asian maid tries to end lif

An Asian housemaid in Saudi Arabia used a kitchen knife to end her life but was saved at hospital, where she said she attempted a suicide because she was homesick, newspapers in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Sunday.

The maid, in her 20s, was rushed to hospital with heavy bleeding after she stabbed herself at her employer’s house in the Kingdom’s eastern region.

“She said she tried to commit a suicide because she feels homesick and could not adapt to the new life her,” police spokesman Lt Colonel Ziad Ruqaiti said.