47% of prisoners involved in drug crimes

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Updated 01 March 2013
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47% of prisoners involved in drug crimes

About 47 percent of the estimated 47,000 inmates in the Kingdom’s prisons are in jail for drug-related crimes, said Director General of Prisons Maj. Gen. Dr. Ali bin Hussain Al-Harthi.
Al-Harthi was responding to reports that over 70 percent of all prisoners have been incarcerated for trafficking and dealing in illicit drugs.
“This rate has been exaggerated. There are no more than 47 percent of all inmates charged with drug-related crimes,” he was quoted as saying in local media.
Al-Harthi said the prison authorities have various measures in place to prevent drugs being smuggled into prisons by visitors and friends of inmates.
There are 23,000 Saudis and 24,000 foreigners in the Kingdom’s jails, he added.
He said Saudi women account for 6 to 7 percent of the prison population. There are more foreign women than Saudi women in the country’s jails, mostly for minor crimes, he added.
He said the General Directorate of Prisons has built four new prisons with another nine currently under construction.
Al-Harthi said the prison authorities are making sure that inmates are provided with world-class services and care as ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
He denied reports that inmates were being punished with hard labor. He said inmates are involved in projects that will benefit them on their release.
In this regard, an agreement has been concluded with the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) for the establishment of 120 factories where inmates can find work after completing their prison terms. Modon-affiliated factories also provide work for prisoners who are still completing their sentences.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.