Saudi Arabia to freeze banks accounts of suspected Hezbollah supporters

Temporary freeze of accounts for three or more months will include liquid assets and seizure of properties pending completed investigations

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The financial investigation unit of the Saudi Interior Ministry will freeze the bank account of any citizen or expatriate suspected of belonging to the terror group Hezbollah or supporting or financing it, according to informed sources.

The temporary freeze of accounts for three or more months will include liquid assets as well as the seizure of properties until the investigations have been completed. The sources said that expatriates supporting or sympathizing with terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, will be deported after serving their jail terms and prevented from entering Saudi Arabia again.

The sources said the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) will investigate suspects prior to sending them to court which will listen to them again to ensure complete justice.

The sources said the ministry’s decision was taken “about two years ago when terrorist organizations were classified.”

Lebanon’s Hezbollah was recently added to the list of terrorist organizations because of its involvement in the Syrian fighting and its media campaign against Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Two GCC countries — Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — have deported a number of Lebanese expatriates who had connections with Hezbollah. The GCC and the Arab League have both declared Hezbollah “a terrorist organization.”

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on March 17, 2016.

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