Saudi 'vice' policeman arrested for six wives

56-year-old illegally married an extra two women


Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man working for the country's vice squad who is accused of having six wives, two more than allowed under sharia law, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 56-year-old Saudi, detained in the southwestern province of Jazan near the border with Yemen, is being questioned over charges that he is married to three Saudi and three Yemeni women, Al-Watan newspaper said.

The man is an employee with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police commonly known as the Muttawa, which is in charge of enforcing an Islamic moral code in Saudi Arabia.

He has denied the charge, claiming he has divorced two of his spouses, the newspaper said.

The province's governor has ordered the formation of a committee to look into the case, Al-Watan said.

Muslim men can keep up to four wives at a time under sharia law, which is based on Islamic principles, and is applied in Saudi Arabia.