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Saudi Arabia: Abdullah fires aide critical of gender mixing


The move comes days after Mr Obeikan, speaking on local radio, lashed out at the interaction of men and women in court, accusing the judges of seeking to “westernise society”. 

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch |
Source/Credit: Daily Dawn | Pakistan
By AFP | May 11, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah on Friday sacked one of his advisers, an outspoken critic of the sexes mingling outside the home, something banned in the kingdom.

The state news agency SPA published the decree announcing the dismissal of Sheikh Abdelmohsen Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal cabinet,
without providing details.

The move comes days after Mr Obeikan, speaking on local radio, lashed out at the interaction of men and women in court, accusing the judges of seeking to “westernise society”.  “Women suffer from gender mingling and harassment in the courts,” said the sheikh, a former judge, while demanding the segregation of the sexes in court.—AFP

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