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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jordanian man beaten to death by Saudi religious police - for long hair

Al Watan.sa and Firas Press report on the death of Nabil Hassan Hamid, 28, from Jordan.

Last week he was arrested by the Saudi religious police for the crime of having long hair. A member of the Muttawa chased him, beat him, and apparently shaved off his hair.

He was hospitalized for a week before succumbing to his injuries, apparently a brain hemorrhage.  Here he is before his death:

The Saudi authorities say that he died from a 4-meter fall while fleeing, and added that "it is well known that people running fast in a panic might get a stroke." Later they claimed he died from an asthma attack.

Some Facebook pages have popped up to protest his murder.