2 extremists thankful for successful rehabilitation

Updated 15 October 2015
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2 extremists thankful for successful rehabilitation

Al-AHSA: Two Saudi men have recounted how they have successfully undergone rehabilitation after being lured by extremists to take part in conflicts abroad.

Bader Al-Inizi and Abdelrahman Al-Owiti said that they recently completed a course run by the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center for Advice and Care, a local publication reported.
They have now been freed under a royal pardon issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and said it was like a triumph for all Muslims, the report stated.
The two men were speaking recently at a seminar held at King Faisal University by the Al-Ahsa Literary Club with the support of the rehabilitation center.
Those in attendance included Ibrahim Al-Mameen from the medical school of Al-Ahsa University, Ali Al-Afnan, Abdelaziz Al-Haleel and Brig. Yahia Abu Mughaidh.
Thafer Al-Shahri, head of the literary club, said Prince Mohammed center has developed a global reputation for its successful programs in counseling young people recruited by terrorist groups, particularly in countries suffering from terrorism.
Al-Mameen said the staff at the center has been tackling the problem at an intellectual level. There has been a rise in the number of young people who have joined these groups, with no downward trend in sight, he reportedly said.
Al-Haleel, social affairs specialist at the center, said more than 213 people from all over the world have visited the center to learn about its programs. He said that the center has an 85 percent success rate, with these young people not returning to terrorist groups.
It was normal that some people could not be rehabilitated, he said.


Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

Updated 3 min 17 sec ago
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Hajj pilgrims praise Saudi support at Dhaka airport

  • Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks
  • At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database

DHAKA: Pre-immigration facilities provided by Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrims in Bangladesh have helped reduce waiting times by several hours after their arrival at airports in the Kingdom, several of them said on Wednesday.
The program is part of Saudi Arabia’s Road to Makkah initiative, whereby pilgrims can complete immigration at airports in their home country instead of doing it on arrival in the Kingdom.
From this year, Bangladeshi pilgrims are enjoying pre-immigration facilities at Dhaka airport.
“Among the 127,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims, this year 60,500 of them will have the opportunity to complete the immigration formalities at Dhaka airport,” Bangladeshi Religious Affairs Secretary Anisur Rahman told Arab News.
“From next year, all Bangladeshi pilgrims will enjoy this pre-immigration system at Dhaka airport.”
Seventy immigration officials from Saudi Arabia are currently in Dhaka to accomplish pilgrims’ immigration tasks. Three Saudi organizations are working at Dhaka airport to accomplish these tasks.
At the airport, Saudi authorities have established 15 booths to serve pilgrims, who have to record 10-finger impressions in the Kingdom’s immigration database.
In addition, at the immigration counter officials take photographs of the pilgrims, Rahman said.
“The pre-immigration system was supposed to be launched from the first Hajj flight on July 4, but due to technical issues we couldn’t do that on the first day. However, things are now running very smoothly,” he added.
Abdul Kayum Bepari, a Bangladeshi pilgrim who completed his Saudi immigration formalities at Dhaka airport, told Arab News: “It’s an amazing experience. All immigration formalities were completed within a minute. When I performed Hajj in 2011, it took more than four hours for me to complete the immigration formalities at the Saudi airport.”
Bangladeshi pilgrim Sadek Ali told Arab News: “Everything is very disciplined. This pre-immigration system has truly eased the hassle of thousands of Bangladeshi pilgrims.”
Pilgrim Bulbuli Begum told Arab News: “My Saudi immigration formalities took only a few seconds to be completed.”
Pre-immigration support for Bangladeshi pilgrims will continue until the last Hajj flight, which is scheduled on Aug. 5.
“We’re trying to ensure maximum support and comfort to the pilgrims,” said a Saudi immigration official at Dhaka airport.
“They don’t even need to worry about luggage. Once the pilgrims land at a Saudi airport, they’ll immediately board hotel-bound buses and will receive their luggage at the hotel.”