Wahhabi Saudi Arabia arrests nine professors over Brotherhood links

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Published Monday, May 26, 2014

Western-backed Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors for their alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, media reported on Monday.

Investigators found the professors, two Saudis and the rest from neighboring countries, had been involved with "foreign organizations" based on "voice recordings and emails" linked to them, Okaz daily reported.

It identified the organization as the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the interior ministry in March as a "terror" group.

The investigation should be completed by mid-June, said the daily which is close to the government.

If convicted, the group could be jailed for 10-15 years, after which the foreigners would be deported, it added.

Saudi Arabia and its neighbor the United Arab Emirates have cracked down on Islamists accused of links to the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.

Traditionally, members of the group were active in academic institutions in the kingdom.

On Sunday, Saudi Education Minister Khaled al-Faisal was quoted by media as saying that this was the reason behind the "spread of extremist ideology" in the kingdom.

"We offered them our children and they took them hostage... The society left the stage for them, including schools," he said.

Outside Saudi Arabia, the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as being much less extreme than that of Wahhabism which is adhered to inside the medieval-styled kingdom.

Saudi Arabia beheads dozens of people each year in public squares, mostly over drug convictions.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Do you say Shiite Iran in your headline?

What kind of foul reporting is this?

i think the point is to show the irony that an extremist wahhabist dictatorship is going after the much more mild muslim brotherhood by labelling their ideology as extreme. u see?

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