Sun Star Manila
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A FACTORY worker in Saudi Arabia was sent to jail after allegedly drawing a dirty finger with a caption that disrespected Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
The overseas Filipino worker from Laguna was detained at Azizia Police station, Exit 20 in Riyadh since October 14, the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (Brotherhood in the Middle East) said in a statement.
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The 32-year-old worker was "supposedly caught by his supervisor with an illustration of a dirty finger on a piece of paper under it a caption that says ‘F**k you Mohamad’," said Eric Jocson, chairperson of the Riyadh-based local chapter of Migrante in Saudi Arabia.
The worker and his supervisor had an argument that day after the former complained about the latter's decision to transfer him to another job site.
On Tuesday, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona was able to talk to the jailed worker and said that the supervisor allegedly reported the "dirty finger" illustration to a Mutawa or religious police who arrested him.
“It is unfortunate that because of what he had sketched, he was sent to jail and might probably face a case over violation of customary prohibition,” Monterona added.
The group is planning to consult a local Shariah lawyer if the drawing constitutes an offense of host government's customary prohibition.
"It is totally wrong to equate that what he had drawn is in reference to Mohamad, the prophet, as we OFWs had high regard and respect to the Muslim prophet. Blasphemy must be ruled out,” Monterona averred.
The group is coordinating with Philippine embassy officials in Riyadh to send a consular team to provide assistance to the jailed OFW. (FP/Sunnex)