King donates money to bring home prisoner

Updated 08 March 2013
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King donates money to bring home prisoner

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has donated 1 million Egyptian pounds to bring home the last Saudi prisoner in Egypt, an official of the Saudi embassy in Cairo said recently.
The last man in Egyptian jail was a man who was handed a seven-year sentence and ordered to return 24 million Egyptian pounds that he had swindled from Egyptians. The court also ordered him to pay a fine of 1 million pounds, legal consultant at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo Muhammad Sami Jamaluddin said. When Ambassador Ahmed Kattan discussed the issue with Saudi authorities, the king donated the amount to secure the convict’s swap. The processing of his transfer is currently under way, Jamaluddin said.
Since Ambassador Ahmed Kattan took charge of the mission in Cairo in 2010, 25 Saudis serving time in Egyptian prisons on sentences ranging from five years to life have been brought to the Kingdom.
A prisoner swap agreement was signed between the two countries in 2008 and accordingly all Saudi prisoners were brought to the Kingdom to serve the rest of their jail time, Jamaluddin said in a statement to a local daily.
A legal team of 16 lawyers are working around the clock to offer legal assistance to any Saudi arrested in that country.


Riyadh accuses Iran backed Houthi militia for the most abuse committed against Yemenis

Updated 9 min 33 sec ago
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Riyadh accuses Iran backed Houthi militia for the most abuse committed against Yemenis

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi has said that Iran is the “key actor” responsible for Yemeni suffering.

Al-Mouallimi was speaking at a Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict on Tuesday.

He added that it was laughable to hear Tehran’s representative speak at the UN in defense of Yemenis.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, he said, is taking extreme care not to harm civilians, and has, therefore, been constantly reviewing and updating its target lists.

He said that Iranian-backed Houthi militia have been committing the biggest abuses against Yemeni civilians since taking over power three years ago in the country.