Muslim visitors to Swaziland say they were ‘terrorised’ by local police.
The Imam of Ezulwini Islamic Centre, Feroz Ismail, said guests had visited the kingdom from across Africa for a graduation and Jasla Ceremony.
The Times of Swaziland newspaper on Wednesday (23 November 2016) reported him saying the guests, ‘were abused while in the country. They informed me that they were terrorised by the police while visiting some tourist attraction areas including the glass and candle factory.’
He said police demanded that the visitors produce their passports and other documents required for visitors to be in the country.
The Times reported Ismail saying, ‘They were ferried in police vehicles to their hotel rooms as the officers demanded that they immediately produce documents which proved that they were in the country legally.’
This is not the first time police have been heavy-handed with Muslims. In September 2016, it was reported undercover police were infiltrating Muslim mosques to attend Friday prayers.
The Times, the only independent daily newspaper in the overwhelmingly Christian kingdom, reported that police were suspected of monitoring the Muslim community.
There has been increased tension in Swaziland as a parliamentary select committee has been investigating ‘Asians’ in the belief that many are in the kingdom illegally.
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