By Staff writer
New measures introduced after meeting with directors of expat administrative departments in the kingdom
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has announced that expats will only be jailed for serious crimes, with fines to be imposed for those who committed minor offences.
Suleiman Al Yahya, director of the Passport Department, has said that the ministry has put new procedures in place for police to issue fines for minor transgressions, according to a report in Arab News.
Al Yahya said the kingdom has introduced specialised committees who will decide whether an expat should be fined or jailed. He said the type of minor offences include failing to carry or renew their residence permits. The committee will also detect if an expat is wanted by the police.
The new measures came about after a five-hour meeting with directors of expat administrative departments in the kingdom, where they discussed ways of improving their departments and processes.