An Iranian university student arrested by Saudi forces over chanting anti-American slogans while on Umrah (minor) Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has been released.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - An Iranian university student arrested by Saudi forces over chanting anti-American slogans while on Umrah (minor) Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has been released. “We followed up the issue of the arrest of an Iranian university student by Saudi forces through Iranian officials in Saudi Arabia as well as our representatives in this country, and they have announced the student has been released now,” said Head of the Umrah headquarters of academics Mohammad Faqihi. The Iranian student was taken into custody by Saudi forces for chanting anti-US slogans while circumambulating the Kaaba. Iranian pilgrims are no stranger to mistreatment by Saudi agents, particularly during the Hajj season. Back in 2009, Tehran chastised Riyadh over the mistreatment of Iranian pilgrims by Saudi police. “The inappropriate behavior of Saudi morality forces towards Iranian pilgrims has increased,” read an official statement sent by the Iranian Pilgrimage office in Saudi Arabia to relevant Saudi authorities. “Not only do they limit the religious activities of clerics, but they make false accusations against pilgrims and ask them to sign papers stating that they will not repeat the so-called offenses,” the statement further read. Reports indicating the mistreatment of Shia pilgrims, particularly Iranians, by Saudi police increased in 2007 when the kingdom began fingerprinting Iranian citizens who traveled to the country for the Hajj rituals. Under international law, authorities can only fingerprint travelers suspected of being criminals or terrorists.End item/ 129