Strict scrutiny continues; Saudi Arabia arrests 12,034 offenders in one week

Strict scrutiny continues; Saudi Arabia arrests 12,034 offenders in one week
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Of those arrested, 7,515 had violated the country’s residency laws. 3,002 people were arrested for violating border rules. 1,516 were arrested for labor law violations.

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia continues to crack down on employment and residence violations. In a week, 12,034 offenders were arrested from different parts of the country. The arrests were made during a field inspection conducted from April 21 to 27 in collaboration with various units of the security forces and Javas.  

Of those arrested, 7,515 had violated the country’s residency laws. 3,002 people were arrested for violating border rules. 1,516 were arrested for labor law violations. At least 199 people have been arrested for trying to enter Saudi Arabia illegally. Of these, 47 percent are Yemeni nationals. About 35 per cent of the detainees are Ethiopians and 18 per cent are from other countries. 

Thirty-nine people were arrested for trying to cross into Saudi Arabia from other neighboring countries in violation of the law. Twelve people have been arrested for providing accommodation and travel facilities to the offenders. The Interior Ministry has warned that anyone found violating border security rules or being allowed to enter the country or being provided with transportation, shelter or any other assistance or service could face up to 15 years in prison. It also warned that fines of up to one million riyals, confiscation of vehicles and shelter would be made against them, and that their names would be revealed in the local media.

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