SR100,000 plus 2-year jail for harboring Saudi immigration law violators

Updated 06 December 2017

SR100,000 plus 2-year jail for harboring Saudi immigration law violators

RIYADH: A fine of SR100,000 ($26,700) and a maximum of two years’ imprisonment will be imposed on people who harbor violators against the local labor and immigration regulations.
The spokesman for Madinah region police, Maj. Hussain Al-Qahtani, made the announcement on Monday during the government’s ongoing campaign on “A Nation without Violators.”
He said the campaign in Madinah is being carried out under a joint operation with the participation of representatives from Civil Defense, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, the Madinah governorate and the department of labor and social development.
Al-Qahtani pointed out that the campaign combed neighborhoods and arrested many violators, handing them to the concerned authorities for necessary action.
Last week, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development inspectors reported the arrest of 119,850 persons for various violations.
On Monday, 325 such violators were arrested in a day in a similar campaign in the capital. An Ethiopian expatriate who had lived in the capital for the past 3 years was caught brewing liquor in the city. The police seized a large number of bottles filled with the liquor.
The police said that those who flout local regulations and overstay their Umrah and Hajj visas are mainly instrumental in such crimes as thefts, abductions, armed robbery and burglaries.
Expatriates have been advised to carry their resident identification and other relevant documents during police inspections.

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.