Saudi border guards foil plot to smuggle 1,117kgs of hashish, arrest 30

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Saudi border guards thwarted several attempts to smuggle 1,117 kilograms of hashish and arrested 30 suspects from different nationalities. (SPA)
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Saudi border guards thwarted several attempts to smuggle 1,117 kilograms of hashish and arrested 30 suspects from different nationalities. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi border guards foil plot to smuggle 1,117kgs of hashish, arrest 30

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards thwarted several attempts to smuggle 1,117 kilograms of hashish through land and sea borders during the period from May 7th until May 19th.
Border patrols arrested 30 suspects from different nationalities, after they were spotted crossing the Kingdom's southern borders.
According to the border guards' spokesman, Col. Saher Al-Harbi, those involved, including 13 Ethiopians, 6 Somalis, and 11 Yemenis, have been referred to the relevant authorities for processing, along with the narcotics that were seized in their possession.
Al-Harbi stressed that the border guards will continue to be vigilant in stopping all attempts to smuggle contraband into the country.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.