Saudi consulate in US looking into student’s death

The consulate added that it will clarify the cause of death immediately after the final report is published. (Supplied)
Updated 18 February 2019

Saudi consulate in US looking into student’s death

  • The consulate has appointed an attorney to follow up the investigation into the cause of Al-Barqi’s death

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia Consulate General in Los Angeles is following up on the investigation into the cause of death of Saudi scholarship student Bandar Al-Barqi, the consulate said in a statement on Saturday.

The consulate confirmed that it consulate has started dealing with the case, according to the directives of Saudi Ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Bandar Bin Amer Bin Ali Al-Barqi was found dead in his apartment on Feb. 1 in San Diego, California.

The statement added that the consulate is continuously following up with the investigation into the cause of death of the student, pointing out that it has appointed an attorney to follow up the case.

The consulate said that the case is still under investigation and the final report has not yet been issued by local authorities on the cause of death.

The consulate pointed out that it has not issued any statement related to the death of the student as some newspapers in the Kingdom reported, confirming that it will clarify the cause of death immediately after the issuance of the final report.


Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

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Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

  • Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
  • The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity

RIYADH: Four Saudi students will represent the Kingdom at a major international science and engineering fair in the US later this year.

The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. They will be competing against more than 1,700 students from 77 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

The Saudi students traveling to Arizona in May are Dan Mohammed Al-Yafei and Tharaa Tariq Al-Dabbagh, who won an award at the olympiad in the field of science and the environment, and Lana Fahd Al-Abbasi and Zeina Tariq Maimani, who won in the field of physics and astronomy.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and is an opportunity for young minds around the world to share ideas and showcase cutting-edge projects.

Intel ISEF says the winners are selected on their creative ability, scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects.

Former Intel ISEF participant Wud Al-Saadoon won first place in the finals of the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity after working extensively on her project. She discovered her passion for science when she was in third grade, passing all aptitude tests for elementary, intermediate and high school and registering in Mawhiba enrichment programs starting from elementary school to high school.

“These programs allow students to enrol temporarily in a Saudi university,” she told Arab News. “This is how I participated as a high school student in the second olympiad program before I enrolled at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.”

She specialized in renewable chemical energy and made a special device which won her third place in a local competition.

She then qualified for Intel ISEF, where she won fourth place in the field of chemical energy last year.