Saudi minister expresses concern over kidnapping of judge in Qatif

Operation launched to locate Sheikh Mohammad al-Jirani who was kidnapped by masked men in front of his house

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Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister Waleed bin Mohammad al-Samaani, who is also the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council, has expressed concern over the disappearance of Sheikh Mohammad al-Jirani, a judge at the Endowments and Inheritance Department in the Qatif court, justice ministry spokesperson Sheikh Mansour al-Ghefary has said.

Reports earlier said that the police have launched an operation to locate Sheikh Mohammad al-Jirani who was kidnapped by masked men in front of his house in Al Qatif in the Eastern Province.

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Mayor of Tarout, Abdulhalim Kidar, condemned Jirani’s abduction under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday morning. Kidar told that he saw Jirani’s shoes in front of his home, near his car, which indicates he was brutally kidnapped by a terrorist group that wants to target the country.

He added that the security forces have been working since early Tuesday and have carried out checks in the neighborhood looking for evidence. They are trying to investigate the incident which was reported to them by Jirani’s wife.

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Meanwhile, a news report carried out by Gulf News, quoted family members of Shaikh Mohammad Al Jirani as saying that he was forced into a car by three assailants as he was leaving his home on Tuesday morning. The judge’s wife, according to the report, said the kidnapping occurred at around 9 am as he was waiting for her in his car to take her to a woman’s sports club.

According to the newspaper, other judges at the department condemned the kidnapping, saying that it was a strange behavior associated with gangs and criminals.

“This is a new attitude that reminds us of criminal gangs. I am confident the security authorities will be able to deal with it appropriately, and I call on all people to cooperate to help locate Shaikh Al Jirani,” Shaikh Hassan Al Saffar was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

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