12% of rehab terrorists relapse

Updated 28 November 2014
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12% of rehab terrorists relapse

Twelve percent of those who had participated in government-run rehabilitation programs for terrorism have relapsed and returned to terror-related activities, a Ministry of Interior official has revealed.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said officials at the Prince Muhammad bin Naif Center for Counseling and Care are now trying to determine the causes for these failures.
However, he said the program has been largely successful. Over the past two years more than 2,500 people had participated in the programs, with 80 percent not returning to terrorist activities, he said.
Al-Turki rejected the notion that the program itself caused some to relapse and take part in terror-related activities in the Kingdom. “Without the program, thousands of those who were released would have been exploited by terrorist organizations,” he said.
He said the task of staff at the center is to determine why the 12 percent relapsed. “We will use the findings to reduce relapses.” No rehabilitation program could be 100 percent successful, he said.
Al-Turki said the center recently launched online counseling programs for citizens and residents. Those using the site must abide by the ministry’s rules to debate in a polite manner and respect the views and feelings of others. No one is allowed to ridicule or insult anyone, he said. The website does not allow links to other sites or services.
The ministry announced earlier that 90 people graduated from rehabilitation programs in Riyadh and Jeddah this year. All graduates would undergo follow-up programs to ensure they integrate properly into society.


FaceOf: Dr. Inas bint Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Issa, director of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

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FaceOf: Dr. Inas bint Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Issa, director of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

Saudi Arabia appointed new government officials on Saturday, including Dr. Inas bint Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Issa, who was named director of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

Al-Issa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical therapy, and a Ph.D. in anatomy and neuroscience from Dalhousie University in Canada. She has served in several important positions, including dean of the Department of Science and Medical Studies for female students at King Saud University in Riyadh.

She has also been a member of several committees and boards, including vice dean of the College of Nursing, as well as vice dean and dean of the departments of science and medical studies.  Al-Issa is a faculty member of the College of Applied Medical Sciences and served as an adviser to the office of the director of King Saud University. She worked as a part-time consultant at the Rehabilitation Hospital in King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh.

Al-Issa also chaired the research committee at the Saudi Physical Therapy Association and is on the board of directors of the association. She received a scientific excellence award in the field of health care research from Harvard University after her research was published in Spine Journal in 2006. She is the daughter of the late television presenter Suleiman Al-Issa.