C-Men Not Cleared of One Murder

So yesterday I wrote that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (or as I prefer to think of them, the Ministry of Lasciviousness and Licentiousness – the C-Men) have been cleared of one of the recent murders that they have been involved in in the posting C-Men Cleared of One Murder. I also noted and asked a couple of questions, such as:

Well, I’ll ask the obvious question here – if there were 18 C-Men there for the raid, how come they couldn’t overpower the non-”official member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice”? They seem to have just let it all happen.

But wait folks, there is worse to come. The governate noted that:

“Investigations have shown that other persons who are not official members of the commission and who had no right to participate in such actions are responsible,” the statement continued. “The responsibility for the man’s death rests with one of these persons and he will be transferred to a court to be tried according to our law.”

Again, it is one thing to transfer the guilty to a court for trial and judgement (and I laud this), but the underlying question of “what were ‘other persons … who had no right to participate in such actions’ doing there in the first place?” needs to be asked and hopefully answered.

Today’s Arab News noted in a piece titled Assailant of Huraisi Is a Commission Member:

Contrary to media reports yesterday, the man allegedly responsible for the death of Salman Al-Huraisi, who was in the custody of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, was a member of the commission.

The deputy president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Ibrahim Al-Huwaimil, said that the commission member had an administrative position and should not have taken part in the raid which resulted in Al-Huraisi’s death. In an interview with Orbit TV, Al-Huwaimil said: “He was a member of the commission. He was not a field member but had an administrative job.” This is the first time a member of the commission has been publicly held responsible for a death.

So now it is a case of Abdullah saying, “hey Ali, it’s pretty boring sitting at the desk all day, come out on a raid, it’ll be a hoot!”

It is fortunate that this Commission is not issued guns as there would not be enough newsprint in the the Kingdom to cover all the times the C-Men shot themselves in the foot.

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