According to regulations, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the holy precincts in Makkah.
Jeddah: Police in Makkah have referred a Saudi citizen to Public Prosecution for his alleged role in helping a non-Muslim American journalist to enter Makkah.
The Saudi citizen facilitated the non-Muslim journalist into the holy city, according to the official spokesman for the Makkah region police.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) stated on Friday that the Police spokesman gave a briefing on the incident where a Saudi citizen drove the journalist. A non-Muslim American, through Makkah on a path dedicated to Muslims only.
SPA quoted the spokesperson that this was an explicit violation of the laws prohibiting non-Muslims from entering the holy precincts. The arrested citizen now faces legal measures proceeded against him.
SPA quoted the spokesman further saying that all visitors to the Kingdom need to respect and abide by the regulations. Especially the laws that govern the two Holy Mosques and other sacred sites.
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“Any violation of this sort is considered a crime. And will not be tolerated. And penalties according to the law will be applied to perpetrators according to the relevant regulations,” he added.
The spokesman said the case of the American journalist involved in the crime was also referred to the Public Prosecution Department. And appropriate action is in process.