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Saudi religious police blamed in 'honour' killing of sisters
A Saudi women's group on Friday blamed the country's religious police in the"honour" killing of two sisters shot dead by their own brother after they were ar-rested for mixing with unrelated men.
The Society for Defending Women's Rights inSaudi Arabia said the religious police had placed the sisters' lives in danger whenthey arrested them and then placed them in a Riyadh women's shelter.The two women, identified as Reem, 21, and Nouf, 19, were murdered after they leftthe shelter on July 5.The brother shot them in the presence of their father who, according to newspaperreports, quickly forgave the son for defending the family's honour.But the society blamed the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Preventionof Vice, or the religious police, for sparking the brother's anger over his family's hon-our by arresting the girls in the first place."The hands of the religious police, as well as the brother's hands, are stained with the blood of these innocent young women," the group said in a statement."These women have not committed any crime to be killed in a such brutal way."Under Saudi Arabia's Islamic sharia legal code, unrelated men and women are not al-lowed to mix together, and the religious police actively enforce the rules by patrollingareas frequented by young people.