Saudi Arabia: Riyadh Governor Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz dies


Saudi Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Riyadh, and King Abdullah's half brother died on Tuesday at the age of 72, according to a statement by the Royal Court.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted a Royal Court statement saying that Prince Sattam will be buried Wednesday.

He began his early study in the princes school in Riyadh and then he joined Al Anjaal institute. He studied in England and the United States, where he earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration from San Diego University in 1965.

He then became deputy governor of Riyadh from 1979 to 2011 and in Nov. 5, 2011 he was appointed by King Abdullah as the governor of Riyadh.

Prince Sattam headed many charity commissions was said to have good relations with international diplomatic missions in the kingdom.

In March last year, he decided to allow single men in Riyadh to visit shopping malls during peak hours, easing restrictions aimed at stopping harassment of women.

Prince Sattam became the first Saudi royal who decided to donate his organs after he died.

The prince signed the donor card a few years ago according to Al Riyadh newspaper.

The card says: “ I, the person signed below, admit that I told my relatives that I want to donate my organs after I die, for the purpose of transplanting them to our sick brothers who are in need.”