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Saudi to tag those who may be looking to go fight in war zones

Bracelets emit signal if the wearer moves out of a designated area or tries to remove it

Saudi to tag those who may be looking to go fight in war zones
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Saudi citizens who may be intending to fight in war zones abroad will have an electronic bracelet attached by the government in order to stop them leaving the country.

Arab News, quoting local media, reports that Eisa Al Ghaith, a judge and member of the Shoura Council’s security committee, said government security agencies have begun implementing the system.

Al Ghaith said the system covers people who have been arrested but cannot be held, including those who went to join terrorist groups abroad. The bracelets emit an alarm if an attempt is made to remove it, or the person moves out of a designated area.

As those arrested have not committed a crime, Al Ghaith said they would be released and allowed to continue working and staying with their families.

The prison authority in Saudi Arabia is also considering using the bracelets to monitor prisoners out on family visits, or for medical treatment at an outside facility.

Mick 4 years ago

Excellent. I actually believe that everyone in the world should be implanted with a GPS locator for a thousand different reasons. Lost or in need of help (plane disaster or in the wild or just missing, in general) to be used only when necessary. Also will help locate those that have been taken captive. Imagine if we had locators in those poor captives murdered by ISIS? Would go a long way to track locations and locations of others. I'd have nothing to hide. I would give up the freedom of being anonymous in the world if I knew that my status was known by emergency groups at all times when necessary.