Three men deported from Saudi for being 'too handsome'

At least three men have been deported from Saudi for being 'too handsome', according to reports

by The Humph on 17 April 2013 15:02

I've checked and the following story does not trace back to The Onion. I can only assume therefore that it is based on truth. And when you learn that it comes out of Saudi Arabia, you will probably be inclined to believe it too. 

Accordingt to Emirates 24/7, three Emirati men have been deported from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, not for stealing, not for committing adultery, nor blasphemy (indeed, they'd likely be dead if those were the charges). No, these young men were simply deemed too handsome. 

Emirates 24/7 reports:

"'Several Saudi religious police men stormed the UAE pavilion on Sunday and evicted three Emirati young men because “they are too handsome,' according to the Saudi news website Elaph."

It continues:

“'A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them,' the news service said, adding that the festival’s management took urgent measures to deport the three to Abu Dhabi."

In reality, the story is but the latest in a long line of bizarre tales to leave Saudi's borders: from plans for female-only cities to sentences involving medical paralysis at the hands of the state. And who could forget plight of 53 Christians arrested at a private worship service in February? Or calls for all female babies to be covered with a burkha?

Is it any wonder then that over a third of foreign workers based in Saudi want to leave? Well, apart from it being only a third.

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