Study: Almost 85% of detainees in Saudi prisons are nationals

The number of Saudi detainees reached 2,352 as of this week, while Yemen nationals accounted for 184

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A recent study showed there are 2,783 detainees in Saudi Arabia’s public security prisons, of whom 84.5 percent are Saudis, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported.

The number of Saudi detainees reached 2,352 as of this week, while Yemen nationals accounted for 184.

Syrians were next with 62 detainees, followed by Pakistanis who accounted for 38 detainees, the study said.

The study further stated that there are only nine detainees from Gulf states, with Bahrainis accounting for five, followed by one national from each of the other Gulf countries of Kuwait, UAE, Qatar and Oman.

“Around 50 percent of the detainees have already been sentenced, 38 percent are still under investigation, while the rest of the detainees have appealed their sentences,” the study stated.

Saudi courts are reviewing the case of one American and three Iranian detainees, while 12 percent of the detainees are still under processing.

Meanwhile, the Prince Mohammad Bin Naif Center for Care and Rehabilitation, which aims to rehabilitate extremists, has launched its electronic dialogue service for citizens and residents.

The center has asked those who wish to enter into discussions to respect the opinions of others and not post links to other external sites or services.

“Discussions should avoid private issues and focus on the topic of discussion and not on the original poster,” the rehabilitation center said.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, said 90 percent of those who have attended the center have become good and responsible citizens.

He pointed out only 10 percent have returned to extremism and while terrorist groups are trying their best to inflict harm to the country’s safety and security, Saudi military forces are quick to crush such attempts.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on July 15, 2014.

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