Saudi missing for 10 years found imprisoned in Iraq

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Updated 25 May 2013
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Saudi missing for 10 years found imprisoned in Iraq

The Human Rights Commission following up on the conditions of missing and imprisoned Saudis in Iraqi prisons announced that it found a Saudi national missing for 10 years.
Mohammad Bin Abdullah bin Al Johari Al Huwiati was isolated in solitary confinement in the 52nd Crime Investigation Bureau in Baghdad, according to the commission. Abdul Rahman Al Jaries, a lawyer for Saudi detainees in Iraq, said detainees are placed under immense pressure to confess to criminal actions they did not commit. “The case of the Saudi prisoner is taking a very dangerous curve after the Iraqi authorities decided to reopen investigations in the 52nd brigade administration. We received information saying the prisoner was isolated in solitary confinement, tortured and forced into making false confessions,” Al Jaries said.
The prisoner was earlier thought to be dead, but some detainees in Iraq said he is alive and was locked up in one of the buildings of the Ministry of Interior.
The Iraqi authorities later acknowledged the existence of the Saudi detainee. Al Huwieti called his family for the first time in years and was placed in an official Iraqi prison.
Al Juries expressed fear that the prisoner might be forced to confess to acts that would increase his sentence.
Saudi Mazen Al Masawi, who faced execution because of confessions extracted under duress and torture, had his sentence reversed because of faulty investigation procedures.
Many Saudis still remain under investigation.


Saudi border guards foil attempt to smuggle large drugs haul

Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi border guards foil attempt to smuggle large drugs haul

Saudi Arabia’s border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a massive drugs haul into the northwestern province of Tabuk on Sunday.

Border guards found 2,851,500 amphetamines tablets and 1.5 kilos of opium on a boat being used to cross to the maritime borders of Tabuk, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Two Egyptian nationals on board the boat were arrested, while two Saudi nationals who were receiving the narcotics were also arrested.