Saudis offer better protection to “subjects” arrested abroad
By Rachel Ehrenfeld
The benevolent Saudi King Abdullah decided it’s time to better protect his “subjects” abroad, ordering Saudi embassies worldwide to provide bail and legal advise to Saudis detained abroad.
Arab News reported that King ordered diplomatic missions to appoint lawyers to defend Saudi citizens who are arrested on any charges during their stay abroad and will pay bail for them under new regulations approved by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Al-Madinah newspaper reported yesterday.
“The daily said starting next year, the budget of the Foreign Ministry would include provisions under the title, “Expenses of catering to the judicial requirements of Saudi citizens abroad.”
It said the amount of money required would be decided by the Foreign and Finance ministries and the allocation would be used to pay the fees of lawyers, bail and other costs until the citizen is released and sent home.
The Saudi missions will follow up with the legal entities in countries concerned to make sure that the citizens receive a fair trial before they are either acquitted or convicted, the new regulations stipulate.