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.


FaceOf: Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain

Updated 18 September 2018
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FaceOf: Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain

  • Al-Sheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, US
  • Al-Sheikh was also director of the department of field medicine in the General Administration of Medical Services

Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh has been Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Bahrain since 2013.

A new Saudi-Bahrain bridge is underway to link the two nations with two railways, the first for passenger trains and the other for cargo.

Al-Sheikh said the tender for implementation of the King Hamad bin Issa Bridge will be submitted in six months, with implementation expected by mid-2021, and it will take about three years to be completed.

“The bridge project will cost between $3 billion and $4 billion. It will serve as a new link between the two countries and contribute to the development of trade in all fields, extending its influence to strengthen the economies of the Gulf countries,” he was quoted as saying by Al-Arabiya.

Al-Sheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, US. He received a master’s degree in engineering and construction from Fort Leonard Wood, a US Army installation in Missouri. He also holds a Ph.D. in human resource management from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

He occupied several engineering positions, including the management of engineering divisions and projects in the General Directorate of Military Works. He also managed technical planning and development at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh.

Al-Sheikh was also director of the department of field medicine in the General Administration of Medical Services and his duties included field supervision of medical campaigns and relief inside and outside the Kingdom, in areas such as Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey under the umbrella of the Saudi Red Crescent.