18 Gulf citizens held for security offenses

Saudi Forces

There are 18 Gulf citizens and 4,335 Saudi citizens being held for national security-related offenses, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Foreigners make up 2 percent or 794 people detained by the Al-Mabahith, or intelligence services, the website stated according to a report in a local publication on Thursday.

Of the 18 Gulf citizens, 10 are still under investigation, consisting of seven Bahrainis, two Qataris and one Emirati.

There were five Americans arrested over the past few days who are also under investigation. Another American being held is currently appealing his conviction at the appeals court.

The detainees include those who have yet to have their sentences confirmed by higher courts, and others who are being probed by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP). Some still have to have their cases referred to the BIPP.

There are 11 Bahraini nationals being held, with one arrested a week ago. Six were arrested in the latter half of this year, with the Saudi judiciary considering one case currently. Two are appealing their sentences.

There are three Qataris in detention, with all arrested in the latter half of this year. A Kuwaiti national has been arrested, with his case soon to be referred to the BIPP. The one Omani in detention was arrested 6 years ago. One Emirati is on trial currently, while another arrested a few months ago is under investigation.

The most-wanted persons lists issued by the ministry over the past decade included two Kuwaiti nationals. One was Abdulrahman Al-Abusi, who was number 11 on a list of 19 most-wanted people, and who was killed during a confrontation with security forces.

Another Kuwaiti on the list was Mohsein Al-Fadli, who was wanted by Saudi and American security authorities, and was reportedly killed months ago during the attacks by the international alliance on Syria. He was probably a leader of the Khorasan group, believed to be affiliated to Al-Qaeda.


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