Court of Grievances in the Eastern Province sentenced two policemen to
five months’ in jail after they were convicted of abusing power and
mistreating some expatriate workers.
Dammam police received a complaint about two policemen who conducted
an unauthorized raid of an apartment rented by expatriate laborers.
The policemen alleged that the apartment was being used for running an
illegal telephone booth.
The two law-breaking officers threatened the laborers with various
forms of punishment, beat them up and handcuffed one of them. They
also seized the workers’ iqamas apparently to extort money from
The two had not obtained prior authorization from higher authorities
to conduct the raid or search the apartment as was required under the
A patrol team arrived at the scene after receiving the
complaint and arrested one of the policemen. His accomplice
fled, but was taken into custody later.
A committee, comprising representatives from the police, investigation
and prosecution departments, examined the evidence and decided to
refer the case to the Court of Grievances.
One of the defendants confessed to his crime. The other claimed that
he was only present at the place and had no role, but later admitted
that he had been involved. The
court found the two policemen guilty of misusing official position for