Saudi citizens in 180,000 court cases abroad

Most prominent cases include prince threatening to behead business partner, ‘prostitute’ claiming to be Saudi princess

Saudi citizens have been involved in nearly 180,000 legal cases abroad in the past three years, the Foreign Ministry has revealed.

About 12,000 of those cases are ongoing.

“The remaining cases are still being heard in foreign courts. We will do everything we can to solve the problems facing our citizens abroad, so that they can return safely to their homes,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal said during a speech at a Saudi conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Arab News.

Prince Al Faisal did not reveal the nature of the court cases.

The most prominent cases published in the media this year include accusations that a Saudi prince threatened to behead his business partner, a woman accused of slavery in the US, another claiming to be a princess on property fraud charges, a Saudi student charged with killing an American bar owner and cases of terrorism.

The Saudi government is believed to have put forward the $2m bond demanded for Ziyad Abid, a 24-year-old Saudi aviation student in Missouri, US, who was charged with hiring his roommate to kill bar owner Blaine Whitworth in September, 2012.

However, he was still refused bail because the judge deemed him a flight risk. He was later cleared of the charges.

Also in the US, a woman described by authorities as a Saudi princess beat a charge of human trafficking earlier this year after she was accused of allegedly forcing another female to unwillingly work as her servant.

Another Saudi woman was accused of being a prostitute while pretending to be a Saudi princess during a UK trial over a $20m London property fraud.

Two London property developers accused the woman of being a fraud after they transferred six luxury London apartments worth £14m ($20.8m) into her name as part of a larger property deal which they believed would be funded by the woman’s family, which is part of the royal family.

Funds for the larger deal failed to materialise and the developers claimed the 30-year old woman refused to return ownership of the six apartments.

In one of the highest profile non-criminal cases involving a Saudi, a businessman from the kingdom successfully won a case in Europe's highest court overturning European Union sanctions based on ‘unjustified’ allegations he was involved in terrorist activities.

Also, on Sunday, two Saudi men kept in Guantanamo Bay for 11 years without charge were released.

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Posted by: DNS

I dislike it when Saudis try to pretend they are saints and then complain about expats breaking the law in Saudi Arabia..

Posted by: who you fooling

I have a house in London and have seen the cultural values of Saudi's during the summer months. I also visit Bahrain and have seen who is there at the weekends. Stop pretending.

Posted by: DNS

Well it's the Saudi government's fault for implementing harsher rules compared to the other GCC countries. Who is to blame if expats are arrested for petty offences?

And oh, we know how the media is generally prevented from publishing articles which are critical of Saudis or the government. And we also know of the attitude towards foreigners in Saudi Arabia, with more support for Saudis only. So I wouldn't be surprised that the expat numbers in jail are higher than Saudis. As I said, you made it sound like as if Saudi's are the only ones with morals.

Posted by: Hisham

90% of crimes in Saudi Arabia is committed by expats. Saudis generally do not commit many crimes because of their cultural and moral values

Posted by: Doug

I wonder how many Saudi citizens currently reside abroad....

Posted by: The responsible

What's the benefit of such an article!!! Nothing. These incidents happen everywhere so why is the suspense?

Posted by: Mac

Doug's approach is quite acceptable, the only problem he started comparing between nationalities, here I fell he has lost the main objective in respect of" not being ignorant" such a shift makes readers feels that Doug is being myopic. Otherwise the post is quite an argument.

Posted by: Doug

I don't deny that some Westerners are very disrespectful of Middle Eastern culture.

I would also suggest though that the usual kneejerk reaction in this region to assume that every GCC national is as pure as the driven snow who only ends up in trouble because of wicked Westerners is delusional.

I suppose it was the Westerner's fault that the Saudi guy supposedly killed a barman, and it was the Westerner's fault the Saudi 'princess' got done for fraud, right? Stop blaming all your faults on someone else. The Saudis are no better or worse than anyone else in this world

Posted by: NBI

Not surprising!!

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