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SINGER IN MALL DETAINED BY ENFORCERS OF VIRTUE

Saudi religious authorities detained a Saudi singer who won this year's "Star Academy" reality TV show for causing an indecent scene at a shopping mall, a Riyadh police official said Saturday.

Male and female fans had spotted Hisham Abdel Rahman, 24, strolling through Kingdom Tower Mall on Wednesday and rushed to shake his hand and bestow congratulatory kisses, the official said.

Members of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, conducting their regular mall patrol, were offended by the scene, which they deemed "improper," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The police tried to disperse the crowd and told Abdel Rahman to leave the mall, according to newspaper accounts. He reportedly refused and started squabbling with the enforcers of virtue.

Abdel Rahman was forcibly escorted out of the mall and taken in for questioning. He was held briefly before a senior government official ordered him freed, the officer said.

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