Saudi woman 'arrested for hugging' singer Majid al-Mohandis at concert

Saudi woman 'arrested for hugging' singer Majid al-Mohandis at concert
Videos show the woman running onto the stage and embracing the singer before being wrestled off by a security guard.
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15 July, 2018
Videos shared on social media show the woman storming the stage [YouTube]
A woman in Saudi Arabia was arrested after running onto a stage and hugging singer Majid al-Mohandis, police said on Saturday.

The woman darted onto the stage and embraced the Iraqi-born entertainer at the Okaz Souq festival in the western city of Taif on Friday.

A video on social media shows the music fan invading mid-song and wrapping her arms around the singer's neck, as a security guard tries to wrestle her off.

According to Saudi media reports, "the suspect is held at the Al-Taif Foundation for Women's Care pending investigation," a Mecca police official spokesman said.

"The girl had committed a deed incriminated in the anti-harassment act," an official told Sabq news site, referring to a law adopted in the kingdom in May.

If convicted, the woman could face up to two years in jail and a fine of 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,600), according to the Saudi newspaper Okaz. Neither the name nor age of the woman was disclosed.

Mohandis, who carried on singing after the incident, has not commented.