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Diplomat warns families of Saudi prisoners in Iraq against aid scam

The Saudi ambassador to Jordan has asked Saudi families not remit money to scheming individuals

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The Saudi ambassador to Jordan has warned Saudi families with sons incarcerated at Iraq’s prisons against falling prey to Iraqi con men who ask them for money to get clothes and medicines to their children.

Sami al-Saleh has asked such Saudi families not remit money to any Iraqi who claims to be a member of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and ask them for money.

He said: “These are only impostors and have nothing to do with the IRCS. The Saudi families should not listen to them and therefore should not remit money to any one of them.”

The ambassador said members of the IRCS recently visited him in his office in Amman and denied claims that they had ever asked Saudi families to send money to them to buy clothes or medicines for their imprisoned relatives.

A Saudi man, who did not want to be identified, told Al-Watan newspaper on Sunday that an Iraqi claiming to be a representative of the IRCS called him to remit money to him to buy winter clothes for one of his relatives who was in a prison in Iraq.

The man told him to send the money to someone called Ammar Bin Jassim, supposedly an official at the Al-Nassiriyah prison in Baghdad.

He said he also received another telephone call from an Iraqi citizen just released from Al-Nassiriyah prison to tell him his relative was being tortured every day.

Meanwhile, an official Iraqi source said the management of a prison in Iraq had refused to allow the entry of an artificial limb to Badr Offan, a Saudi prisoner on death row at the prison.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on October 27, 2014.