Saudi Sheikh allegedly arrested for anti-government tweet

Published April 24th, 2016 - 12:08 GMT
Sheikh Abdelaziz Al Tarifi is rumoured to have been arrested after criticising the Kingdom's regime (AFP / File)
Sheikh Abdelaziz Al Tarifi is rumoured to have been arrested after criticising the Kingdom's regime (AFP / File)

A former legal scholar with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdelaziz Al Tarifi, was arrested in his home after evening prayers yesterday, according to tweets that have been circulating over the  past day. 

The arrest allegedly took place as a result of Al Tarifi’s anti-government stance – and in particular one tweet that he shared on his personal twitter page. 

The tweet, which has now been deleted, said in Arabic that "some rulers believe disobeying their religion a little to satisfy infidels will stop their pressure on them. However every time he does this, the pressure increases: their goal is to convert you into their beliefs."

The tweet appears to criticize President Obama’s recent visit to the Kingdom, and to suggest that the Saudi leadership is kowtowing to the West.

Al Tarifi has been arrested in the past: his most recent made waves on Twitter, with nearly 300,000 tweets under the hashtag “The arrest of Sheikh Abdelaziz Altarifi”. The vast majority of its users expressed their support for the Sheikh.


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