Saudi Arabian authorities arrested a man for threatening to burn female drivers and their cars, following King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s decree that lifted the longstanding ban on women driving.
The Saudi Interior Ministry announced Friday that the man was arrested in the Eastern province after publishing a video in which he threatened to burn any woman or her car that he found broken down on the side of the road, according to Reuters. The province’s governor ordered the arrest of the man, who is in his late 20s and who now faces up to five years in jail and a potential fine of more than $1 million USD, according to Arabic language newspaper Okaz.
“I swear by the verses of Allah, any woman whose car breaks down — I will burn her and her car,” the unidentified man said in the video.
The man originally posted the video on Snapchat, but it quickly went viral, prompting Saudi Arabia’s attorney general Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah, to issue a warrant for the man’s arrest, according to Alarabiya. Authorities stressed that citizens should respect the “noble decree” to allow women to drive, and threatened prosecution against anyone who incited controversy or unrest over the decree.
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