18 Migrante members arrested in Riyadh
By Dindo Amparo, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau Chief | 08/16/2009 10:11 AM
RIYADH – Eighteen members of Migrante International, an alliance of migrant organizations, were arrested by Saudi Police for holding an illegal “mixed gathering” in an apartment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Migrante International is an alliance of migrant organizations.
Sources said 10 men and eight women were arrested, including Eric Jocson, chairperson of the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS) in Riyadh.
The group was reportedly holding a meeting in the apartment in Badea district when police conducted the raid.
Saudi Arabia forbids the gathering of men and women in private and public places except for married couples and their families.
The arrested Migrante members are facing immorality charges, while the Filipino who rents the apartment unit where the raid took place is likely to be charged with harboring “runaways” or workers with absconding cases.
Meantime, five of those arrested were found without an “iqama” which is an official identity card for the Saudi residence permit.
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