Ministry confirms 102 cases of money laundering in 2013

Updated 08 April 2015
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Ministry confirms 102 cases of money laundering in 2013

The financial investigation unit at the Ministry of Interior revealed in its annual report for 2013 its total independence to carry out financial investigations and work as a national central apparatus to receive relevant notifications related to suspicious financial operations.
The unit confirmed that it had dealt with 2,379 calls about suspected money laundering, of which 102 cases have been proved. The unit studied and analyzed 118 cases of suspicious financing of terrorism, of which 29 have been proved.
The unit confirmed that 42 judicial rulings in money laundering cases were issued in 2013, with 65 defendants. Rulings related to money laundering included imprisonment, fines, confiscations and deportation from the Kingdom.
The unit indicated that it exchanged information with other agencies according to international specifications or with countries that it has agreements with.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”