Three arrested in Saudi Arabia for posing as officials, bribing journalists

The individuals were arrested on Monday by Riyadh police after an investigation. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 September 2018
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Three arrested in Saudi Arabia for posing as officials, bribing journalists

  • The police said that during the inspection, several boxes of cheap perfumes were found, similar to the ones that appeared in the video
  • The individuals were arrested on Monday by Riyadh police after an investigation stemming from the video was shared on social media

RIYADH: Three men have been arrested by Saudi police after appearing in a video purportedly tricking a journalist into believing a gift to her was from state officials.
The individuals were arrested on Monday by Riyadh police after an investigation stemming from the video was shared on social media, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The video by a female Gulf journalist, which has since gone viral, shows her being offered a box of perfumes by a man claiming it to be worth $8 million, with a note indicating that they are from official departments.
The police said that during the inspection, several boxes of cheap perfumes were found, similar to the ones that appeared in the video. They added that the suspects had hoped to exploit this in a bad way for personal reasons.
The suspects have been named as Saudi national Abdullah Saleh Hammad Al-Mutairi; Lebanese national Nazir Nabih Hani; and Indian national Mateen Ahmed.


Russia to grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners

Updated 22 November 2018
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Russia to grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners

  • Russia has invited Saudi investors to participate in the 5th international Exhibition Arabia-EXPO in Moscow on April 8-10, 2019

RIYADH: In a major boost to enhance economic cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Russia will grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners and companies, the Russian-Arab Business Council has announced.

The announcement was made during the meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) between Sami Al-Obaidy, chairperson of CSC, with Tatiana Gvilava, director of the Russian-Arab Business Council.

On reciprocating those visas, Gvilava expressed the hope that there would be a similar step from the Saudi side to grant Russian employers multiple visas to explore investment opportunities in the Kingdom and to establish business partnerships with their fellow Saudi employers.

Gvilava praised the efforts of the Russian-Arab Business Council, which works under the umbrella of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote trade relations between Russia and the Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Al-Obaidy praised the strong relations between the Kingdom and Russia, which are witnessing significant progress, and stressed their keenness to activate the Joint Business Council in order to benefit from the investment opportunities available in both countries.

During the meeting, the Russian side also invited Saudi investors and the business community to participate in the 5th international exhibition Arabia-EXPO, to be held in Moscow on April 8-10, 2019, and to enter into partnerships with their Russian counterparts for better coordination.

Gvilava noted that the exhibition aims to promote trade and economic cooperation between Russia and the Arab world, in addition to shedding light on investment opportunities and areas of trade partnership between the two sides.