1,668 illegals arrested in Madinah this week

Most crimes in the Kingdom are committed by illegal residents who have overstayed their visas. (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2016

1,668 illegals arrested in Madinah this week

RIYADH: The Madinah police arrested 1,668 persons, who were living in the region in violation of local regulations, in the last one week.
Madinah district police chief, Maj. Gen. Abdul Hadi Al-Shahrani, said those arrested were of different nationalities but that all were in violation of local labor and immigration regulations.
The suspects included workers without resident permits, persons who are not working in the right professions recorded in their residence permits, those who are working for different sponsors other than the one listed in their residence permits, those who had run away from their sponsors and those who were illegal street vendors.
He added the raids were conducted with the cooperation of the relevant government agencies who are all involved in following local regulations.
He pointed out that those arrested were in government custody in prisons and that they would be deported after a formal inquiry into their respective offenses. He also stated that the campaign would continue in the coming weeks.
During the operations, police cordoned off certain areas to prevent offenders from escaping.
The security authorities conduct regular inspections to apprehend illegal workers with the aim of curbing crimes such as theft, sorcery, employing illegal workers, brewing liquor and preventing other illegal and nefarious activities.
According to officials, most crimes in the Kingdom are committed by illegal residents who have overstayed their visas. Consequently, the government has intensified its campaign against this group.
During the amnesty period offered by the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, illegal residents were allowed to leave the Kingdom without any penalties during a specified grace period.
The Ministry of Interior earlier advised all illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their work and residency status following the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 1, 2013 or leave the country.


DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

Updated 29 October 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

  • The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, recently visited the headquarters of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh.

IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi received the EU diplomat and the accompanying delegation. Al-Moghedi briefed the visiting dignitaries about the coalition’s goals, achievements and the initiatives it has taken to fight terrorism in different forms.

He said the coalition represents an integrated system of intellectual and media initiatives and also aims to fight terror financing to effectively root out this menace. The IMCTC chief said the coalition aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among member states.

Simonnet said the EU looks forward to enhance cooperation with the Islamic military alliance in different fields.

Al-Moghedi also presented the EU ambassador with a memento.

The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

In coordination with the relevant authorities in the member countries, it promotes best practices, advances legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks, and facilitates information sharing to curb terror financing.

It also aims to assist member countries to enhance their military capabilities to fight terrorism.

The intellectual aspect specializes in preserving the universal message of Islam, promoting the values of moderation, tolerance and the preparation of targeted messages to counter radical ideology.

The media side is based on producing digital, media and other informative content to refute the rhetoric and claims of terrorist organizations and extremists.