Saudi prisoners in Jordan ask to finish sentences at home

Updated 30 August 2012

Saudi prisoners in Jordan ask to finish sentences at home

DAMMAM: Fifty Saudi prisoners in prisons across Jordan have requested to finish serving their sentences at home, Arabic daily Al-Madinah reported.
Hamad Al-Hajri of the Saudi Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Amman said Saudi Arabia and Jordan have signed an agreement to swap prisoners but nothing has been done yet.
“The agreement, endorsed by the Jordanian Parliament and the House of Representatives has not been put into effect,” he said.
Saudi Embassy staff visit prisoners monthly to monitor their health and distribute clothes and cash. “Acute cases are transferred to the local hospital,” he said.
Al-Hajri noted many Saudis especially from the northern areas of the Kingdom are visiting Jordan for medical tourism and medical bills to be paid by the embassy add up to more than SR 7 million.
He said there were no security risks for the Saudi tourist in Jordan except for some petty crime like car theft. “The embassy has taken their concern to the Jordanian foreign ministry who promises to deal with it at the highest security level,” Al-Hajri said.
The Saudi embassy warns tourists not to withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs and not leave their cars running when they are not in them.
“These actions give thieves the opportunity they are looking for,” he warned.
He reminds Saudi citizens to provide the embassy with their identification information when they first arrive in the country. In case of a lost or stolen passport, the embassy is able to respond quickly.
“Saudis who have cases before the courts should make sure they attend the first court session or they run the risk of being arrested at the border next time they try to enter the country,” he added.
Al-Hajri said the embassy is also helping Saudis who are fleeing the fighting in Syria and crossing over into Jordan. They will arrange for accommodation and travel back to home.


Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

Reem A. Alfrayan
Updated 20 September 2020

Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

  • Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001

Dr. Reem A. Alfrayan has been the executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat since January 2019.
Commenting on women’s empowerment in the Kingdom, she recently said on a TV show: “We’ve passed the stage of dreaming; with the help of Vision 2030, they’ve become a reality, we need new dreams now.”
She was the first woman to be appointed as assistant secretary-general at the Council of Saudi Chambers in September 2014.
Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001.
In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in instructional technologies and media policy, and leadership from the same university.
Alfrayan obtained another master’s degree in educational leadership and organization, policy and leadership at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013.
She did a Ph.D. in educational leadership and organization from the same university in 2014.
After obtaining her first master’s degree, she joined the Arab Open University as instructional technology unit supervisor at its headquarters in Kuwait in 2003.
Between 2005 and 2006, Alfrayan served as a training specialist with a project launched by the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities.
She then joined King Abdul Aziz Medical City as an administrative planning and processing development officer.
She also served as general manager of businesswomen’s affairs at the Council of Saudi Chambers from October 2007 to January 2010.
Alfrayan also actively participates in volunteer work.