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Saudi religious police arrest ‘online blackmailer’

The Saudi Haia arrested an expatriate of Arab nationality for blackmailing a woman.

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The Saudi religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, arrested an expatriate of Arab nationality for allegedly blackmailing a woman over compromising pictures he had of her.

According to police officials, the man threatened to release the pictures online unless the victim maintained a relationship with him.

He was living in the country illegally and had forged identification, the religious police said.

He also tried to bribe officials into dropping the case by offering SR10,000 ($2,650).

He is currently being questioned by investigation authorities.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.