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.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.