OFW in Saudi jailed for drawing "dirty finger" on paper

GMA News Online, citing information from the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (Brotherhood in the Middle East), reports that a Filipino factory worker in Saudi Arabia was sent to jail after allegedly drawing on a piece of paper an image of a "dirty finger" with a caption that is reportedly insulting to Muslims.

GMA News Online, citing information from the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (Brotherhood in the Middle East), reports that a Filipino factory worker in Saudi Arabia was sent to jail after allegedly drawing on a piece of paper an image of a "dirty finger" with a caption that is reportedly insulting to Muslims.

 

The worker, who is identified only as "Willie," has been detained in Riyadh since October 14. According to Eric Jocson, chairperson of the Riyadh chapter of Migrante in Saudi Arabia, Willie was caught by his supervisor with the alleged controversial illustration. Prior to the incident, Jocson claimed that Willie and his supervisor had an argument about the Filipino’s transfer to another job site.

 

In any case, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said Willie told him that his supervisor reported the "dirty finger" illustration to a "Mutawa" (religious police) who arrested him.

 

According to the report, Migrante plans to consult a Shariah lawyer to find out if the drawing constitutes an offense of the host government’s customary prohibition. Monterona added that Migrante is also coordinating with Philippine embassy officials in Riyadh to send a consular team to assist Willie.

 

GMA News Online revealed that they contacted the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to verify the incident. The DFA has yet to reply.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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