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Saudi deportation threat over illegal cash appeals

Saudi authorities have accused some expatriates of using social media to appeal for illegal cash donations

Saudi deportation threat over illegal cash appeals

Saudi authorities have accused some expatriates of using social media to appeal for illegal cash donations, prompting warnings they would be deported.

The Ministry of Interior said it had been told of donations appearing on various social media platforms as well as websites, the Saudi Gazette reported.

“The concerned security authorities have been authorised to carry out investigation and arrest all those involved in the collection of donations in cash and kind illegally,” a Ministry spokesman said.

He also urged people against responding to any unauthorised calls claiming to raise funds for any purpose, saying such donations might be for dubious agencies or ploys to cheat people out of their money.

“This is in clear violation of the directives that govern collection of donations in cash and kind in the Kingdom,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the kingdom had organised its own fundraisers to help Syrian refugees through the National Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria.

In addition, other authorised agencies included the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, the Muslim World League and the International Islamic Relief Organisation.

Earlier this month, the Council of Ministers approved the draft penal law for terror crimes and their funding. The law gives an exact definition of terrorism and its funding and spells out the procedures that must be taken while dealing with a terror suspect, but ensuring human rights, the Gazette reported.

In February, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued 43 precautionary measures aimed at combating money laundering and terror funding.

Under the new laws, diplomats will no longer enjoy immunity if they are found to be involved in any suspicious transactions.

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