Saudi Border Guards thwart attempt to smuggle hashish

Drug smuggling is an offense punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Updated 12 August 2020

Saudi Border Guards thwart attempt to smuggle hashish

  • The arrested person is a citizen with previous convictions in the Riyadh region

RIYADH: Saudi Border Guards thwarted an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of hashish into the Kingdom through its southern borders.

Border Guards spokesman Lt. Col. Misfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini said that as part of ongoing operations by the Border Guards to combat drug smuggling and stop targeting the Kingdom with narcotics, a plot to smuggle a large quantity of hashish was uncovered.

The spokesperson said the narcotic substances weighing about 948 kg were seized and the person who received them was arrested.

The accused has been referred to the relevant authorities for further action.

The arrested person is a citizen with previous convictions in the Riyadh region, Al-Quraini added.

Earlier this week, Saudi authorities seized a haul of 224 kg of hashish hidden
in a truck loaded with cattle fodder and barley at a security checkpoint in the governorate of Al-Daer in the southwestern region of Jazan.

Drug smuggling is an offense punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.
 


Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Updated 48 min 13 sec ago

Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

  • The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus
  • Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders

DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported.
The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders.
“I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005.