Thai Blue Diamond Affair: Kingdom demands justice

Updated 04 July 2014
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Thai Blue Diamond Affair: Kingdom demands justice

A source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded justice for the murder of a Saudi citizen in Thailand whose case was dismissed earlier this year by a Thai criminal court due to lack of evidence.
Mohammed Al-Ruwaili, a Saudi businessman, had traveled to Thailand in 1989 to investigate the theft of gems worth $20 million belonging to the Saudi royal family, only to be abducted and killed in what became known as the “Blue Diamond Affair.”
“The Saudi government does not wish to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” said the ministry official.
“While the Kingdom does not question the fairness of the judicial system, the Saudi government takes issue with what happened during the trial.”
“The judge presiding over the case had been replaced right before sentencing,” he said. “This, coupled with negative political influence, paved the way for meddling in the country’s judicial system and, as such, in the final outcome of the trial.”
Three Saudi diplomats were shot execution-style in Bangkok days before Ruwaili vanished in 1990 and Saudi Arabia has long suspected official involvement in the killings.
“This also indicates that the Thai government had not done enough to resolve the mystery surrounding Al-Ruwaili’s assassination and that of three other Saudi diplomats, nor has it done enough to bring the murderers to justice,” he said.
“We urge the Thai government to do what is right in this case and put political factors aside,” he said.
A Thai court had dismissed a case against five men who were accused of kidnapping and killing Ruwaili, including a senior police officer, on March 31 after a criminal Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to try the men.
The gems and jewelry had been stolen from a Saudi prince’s palace by Kriangkrai Techamong, a Thai gardener, who shipped the loot back home to Thailand.
Kriangkrai was arrested soon after, but had already sold many of the stolen gems, including a 50-carat blue diamond. Some of the jewels were eventually returned to their owner, but the Kingdom later said that most of the returned gems were fake.


Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

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Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

JEDDAH: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UAE

The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.

Egypt

Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 

Bahrain

Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.

Palestine

Palestine commended King Salman's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

The statement also stressed that Saudi Arabia, under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will remain the state of justice, values and principles.

Yemen

Yemen on Saturday praised decisions made by King Salman in relation to Khashoggi's death , according to the legitimate government’s state news agency.

Djibouti

Djibouti praised King Salman's decisions and said they are proof that Saudi Arabia is a nation of values, principles, and justice.

Arab and Muslim Organizations

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday praised the Kingdom's transparency and its emphasis on the implementation of justice.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.