Saudis pursue Twitter user who threatened to kill anyone who supports women driving

REUTERS
RIYADH
Published 30.09.2017 23:24
Updated 30.09.2017 23:27
A woman gives a thumb up as she sits behind the wheel of a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 27, 2017. (EPA Photo)
A woman gives a thumb up as she sits behind the wheel of a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 27, 2017. (EPA Photo)

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant on Saturday for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel.

The Twitter user, who was not named, was alleged to have referred to men who support women driving as "cuckolds who should be killed," according to state-linked Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The prosecutor's announcement comes two days after a separate arrest warrant was issued for a man who threatened in a video clip posted online to attack women drivers.

Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday's announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but others expressed opposition online or in quiet conversations after decades of support for the policy by prominent clerics.

In the statement, the prosecutor vowed to monitor for threats of abuse and pursue cases against those who "incite attacks against society and violations of the rights of others".

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