Houston Consulate reveals details related to Saudi student’s death

The Consulate said it appointed a lawyer to pursue this case of all the procedural, security and judicial aspects

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The Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Houston has revealed the circumstances leading to the death of Saudi student Hussain Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Nahdi on Monday from injuries he suffered after he was violently assaulted in the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, it received on Monday, October 31, 2016 a call from the Chairman of the Student Club at the University of Wisconsin informing that Abdullah Al-Nahdi was beaten by an unknown person, which resulted serious head injuries led to his death. Al-Nahdi was studying in the US on his own expense.

“The consulate immediately dispatched the Head of legal affairs dept. to the city of Menomonie to connect with the competent security authorities to find out the circumstances of the case that’s surrounding this painful incident and look at the progress of the investigations and procedures followed by the security authorities,” the SPA said.

The Consulate said it appointed a lawyer to pursue this case of all the procedural, security and judicial aspects. The consulate also communicated with the student’s family and the competent authorities to dispatch the student’s body to Saudi Arabia as soon as possible. The Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Houston expressed deepest condolences to the family of the student Hussein Al-Nahdi, may Almighty God to grant the deceased rest in peace.

It was earlier reported that the family of Saeed Al-Nahdi was in a state of shock and disbelief over what happened to their son. Reports earlier said that he suffered a trauma to the head and was taken to the hospital. The family by then hadn’t received any official communication from the Saudi embassy in Wisconsin , according to the brother of the victim who sat down with Al Arabiya.

Saeed's brother, Ali Al-Nahdi, explained that his brother is “brain dead , they announced his death two hours later . Any information regarding his death is informal or through the Saudi Embassy.”

Ali , said that two Saudi volunteers, Abdelrahman Khadi and Mubarek Yami, looked for Hussein followed up his case, and reached out to his family. “We expect that the Saudi embassy will take care of the issue, since the situation is still vague.”

Ali recalled the last phone call he had with his brother, he was about to move to another region to take a university test. Hussein has been a Saudi scholar for two years, and during that period he focused on his studies and perfecting his English. Ali said that his brother didn’t amalgamate with fellow Saudis, saying:” he only kept in touch through social media or certain meeting. He was focused on his studies.”

On his death, Ali said: “it was very difficult to keep track of what happened after the assault. I am thankful for the two Saudi volunteers, they did great work.” The relatives of Nahdi held a funeral for their son in the region of Charura after hearing about the unfortunate news from social media and the two Saudi volunteers.

The Saudi national who was studying abroad in the US died on Monday from injuries he suffered after he was violently assaulted over the weekend in the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin. Police officers found 24-year-old Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose when they arrived on the scene of the crime, US daily Fox9 reported.

Al-Nahdi had been a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 2015 and was majoring in business administration. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia and his friends at UW-Stout,” chancellor of the university, Bob Meyer said in a statement.

The motives of the attack were unknown, however the police - along with the university chancellor -are asking anyone on campus in the community with information that would help locate the Alnahdi’s attacker to come forward.

*This article is available in Arabic at AlArabiya.Net.

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