Minister Prince Naif has said Saudi Arabia treats all expatriate
workers equally and that no nationality is immune from arrests if they
are found to be involved in criminal activity. He was speaking to
reporters after a function in Jeddah on Tuesday night.
“There are many
nationalities in the Kingdom and any person could be arrested, and
this does not need to be reported in the media,” he said when asked
about reports about a missing Canadian.
nationalities here are equal and whoever deserves to be arrested or
questioned will be arrested and questioned and (that person) could be
a Canadian or a non-Canadian,” Prince Naif said after opening the
Career Day at King Abdul Aziz University.
A spokeswoman at
Canada’s department of foreign affairs announced the disappearance
last Friday but would not disclose even the gender of the Canadian,
saying only that Canada was in touch with Saudi authorities to seek
reported that the missing Canadian was one of three men arrested after
a bomb explosion outside a book shop in Riyadh on March 15 which left
a Briton and an Egyptian lightly wounded.
A series of blasts
in Saudi Arabia late last year which killed one Briton and wounded
four other people has been linked to illegal activities, including
42-year-old William Sampson, was arrested in November along with a
Briton and a Belgian on suspicion of carrying out the blasts. They
were shown separately on Saudi TV confessing to the attacks.
rejected reports which said three explosive devices were found in
Madinah by security officers “as rumors”. “There is no truth at
all in this report,” he said.
The minister said
people circulating such rumors must be brought to account and hoped
that no Saudi citizen or newspaper would engage in such
Prince Naif said
his ministry would try its best to accommodate the largest number of
Saudi youths in the security services. He called upon the private
sector to support the recently launched Manpower Development Fund. The
fund’s board of directors would identify new sources of income, he
Prince Naif, who is
chairman of the Manpower Council, warned Saudis that they might lose
jobs if they did not carry out their work properly or violated
conditions in work contracts.
He said the
Saudization drive should not be considered as an action against
expatriates. “It’s the right of Saudis to get jobs in their
country. Moreover, it is dangerous to find a citizen unemployed and an
He said the Kingdom
had requested Iraq to extradite two Saudis who hijacked a Saudi
Arabian Airlines plane to Baghdad through international organizations.