24 pickpockets arrested in Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 18 August 2013
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24 pickpockets arrested in Prophet’s Mosque

The Prophet’s Mosque’s security force in Madinah arrested 24 pickpockets of eight nationalities who stole from worshippers while praying inside the mosque.
The thieves were arrested during Ramadan under a plan implemented by the police director of the region, Brig. Gen. Saud bin Awad Al-Ahmadi. The plan involved deploying police detectives inside the mosque and the courtyards surrounding it to prevent any kind of pickpocketing activities.
Madinah police Col. Fahd bin Amer Al-Ghanam, said, “Three of the arrested are Egyptian, three others are Pakistanis, and a seventh is from Nepal.”
Items such as wallets containing different currencies and mobile phones were found on the suspects.
He noted that policewomen of the investigation unit arrested a 30-year-old woman while she was pickpocketing a Filipino female visitor. Once the thief noticed that she was caught red-handed, she tried to throw away the wallet, but was caught nevertheless.
“Search and investigation members were suspicious of three juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17. A mobile phone was found on one of them and the device was returned to its original owner,” said Al-Ghanam.
Another 15-year-old juvenile was arrested while he was stealing a mobile phone from a sleeping person inside the mosque. Five other mobiles and sums of different currencies were found on an Egyptian aged 35. The security force had followed the man while he was walking among worshippers who were sleeping inside the mosque at the time.
Al-Ghamam confirmed that the efforts of the security men is still in full swing, armed with their expertise and the advanced equipment they use in the field, such as cameras and state-of-the-art communication devices.
He appealed to all citizens, visitors and residents to take guard their personal belongings, and warned anybody who tries to take advantage of the worshippers while they perform the holy rituals.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.