Group urges that professor be freed

From Times Wire Reports

Amnesty International has called on Saudi authorities to release a university professor who is facing flogging and imprisonment for meeting a woman to whom he is not related for coffee in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Mohammed Ali Abu Raziza, a psychology lecturer at the University of Mecca, has been sentenced to 150 lashes and eight months in jail, the rights group said in a statement.

Justice Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The statement did not say what happened to the woman.

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