‘Jihad facilitator’ handed 18 years, slapped with travel ban

Updated 28 February 2014

‘Jihad facilitator’ handed 18 years, slapped with travel ban

A criminal court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced a Saudi militant for 18 years in jail for allegedly issuing fatwas against the government and helping people to reach war zones to take part in battles, SPA said.
He is also accused of forging travel documents and receiving training on using various weapons and explosives.
He was also aware of the plans by Al-Qaeda militants to carry out terrorist attacks across the Kingdom.
He had also given shelter to two wanted militants who had run away from the Malaz Prison.
The court said the defendant would be banned from traveling abroad for 18 years.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.