Saudi Merchant Arrested for Begging

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Saudi merchant dressed in rags and a shaggy beard to disguise himself as a pauper has been arrested for begging outside a mosque, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. 

Al-Riyadh said the merchant, who is married to an education ministry employee, was caught on Tuesday by another member of his tribe in the southwestern region of Abha. 

Saudi police arrested a total of 116 people, mostly Arab and Asian expatriates, the same day for begging, the paper said. 

Newspapers regularly announce roundups of beggars, especially at times of Muslim religious holidays in Saudi Arabia. More than 12,000 beggars were arrested in 1998, of whom 9,000 were foreign and expelled -- RIYADH (AFP)  




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