‘Beaten up by employer,’ Indians to return home

Updated 26 December 2015
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‘Beaten up by employer,’ Indians to return home

RIYADH: Three Indian youths who were allegedly beaten by an employer in the Kingdom, are expected to fly home within the next few days, said the Indian Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday.
The case of the three youngsters from Kerala caused an uproar on social media when one of them sent a video home through WhatsApp allegedly showing them being beaten with a plank by an employer at a brick-making factory.
“With the cooperation from the local police, the case has been solved and the youths will fly back home to Kerala in a few days,” an official from the consulate said.
“All three are under police protection and the employer will return their passports with final exit papers,” he said.
The youths — Baiju Babu, Abhilash Gopi and Vimal Kumar Vasudevan from Haripad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district — were brought to the Kingdom about a month back by an Indian placement agency on false job promises, he said.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “We reported this to the Saudi police. The workers will be back in India within a week.”
A Saudi social worker said that the Indian media should also hold the placement agency accountable for making false job promises. The workers were duped and taken to Abha to work at a brick manufacturing company by their agents, he said.
“The Indian media should know that the local police cooperate fully when such cases are reported and also ensure cooperation from the sponsor, which should be appreciated as well,” he said.
“To become involved in one-sided criticism is unfair,” he said, adding that the Kingdom hosts 2.9 million Indians, the largest group of its citizens outside the country. The incidents are isolated cases, he said.


Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

Updated 19 September 2019

Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

  • The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian”
  • Saudi Arabia said it will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that Saturday’s strikes on two Aramco facilities were an “organized terrorist attack” in a letter to the UN Security Council.
The Saudi Mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and another to the President of the Security Council Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya and members of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian.”
They also explained that Saudi Arabia will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law, and called on the UN and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attack.