Saudi legal action over alleged sex abuse of Iranians

A group of Iranian protesters chant slogans in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Defying a government ban, hundreds of Iranians protested over two male Iranian pilgrims who alleged abuse after Saudi officers at Jeddah’s international airport searched them. Source.

Saudi authorities said on Tuesday they are taking legal action against two police officers accused of sexually assaulting a pair of Iranian male pilgrims, an incident which Tehran protested.

The Saudis began proceedings after allegations of “sexual harassment against two teenage Iranian victims” at Jeddah airport, the interior ministry spokesman said, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The suspects have been referred “for investigation and to take the necessary procedures”, the spokesman said, adding that Tehran’s ambassador has been informed.

The incident came during heightened tensions between Sunni Saudi Arabia and its Shiite regional rival Iran over Yemen…