Saudi authorities temporarily release Filipinas arrested in Halloween party raid – DFA

Saudi operatives raided Friday a compound in Riyadh after neighbors complained of loud noise, the DFA said.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) — Saudi Arabian authorities have agreed to temporarily release 19 Filipino women who were arrested in a Halloween party raid in Riyadh, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday.

The DFA said the women-- all overseas Filipino workers-- who were arrested at the party on Friday will be released and will be turned over to the custody of the Philippine embassy in Riyadh.

In an earlier report, the department said at least 17 Filipinas were detained after local officials raided a Halloween party in a private compound in the Saudi capital. The DFA received the report from the Philippine Embassy, which has been requesting access to the Filipinas detained at the Al Nisa Jail since their arrest.

DFA later confirmed that 19 Filipinas, not 17, were detained following the raid.

"The compound was raided after neighbors complained of loud noise from the party," the DFA said.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto said local authorities may file charges against the Filipinas for violating the Shari'a law, an Islamic measure which prohibits single men and women from interacting with each other in public.

The DFA also reminded overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East to observe local traditions and laws of their host countries.

"Saudi laws strictly prohibit unattached males and females from being seen together in public," the DFA statement said. "Ambassador Alonto said the Embassy issued an advisory urging members of the Filipino community to be mindful of local sensitivities."


Source : cnnphilippines

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