Over 12,000 held for residency, labor, border violations across Saudi Arabia

The authorities transferred 48,453 offenders to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An Ethiopian worker carries his suitcase, as he waits along with his countrymen to be repatriated, in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, November 10, 2013.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An Ethiopian worker carries his suitcase, as he waits along with his countrymen to be repatriated, in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, November 10, 2013.

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RIYADH: More than 12,000 violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in the Kingdom in one week, according to an official report.

In the campaigns that took place in all regions of the Kingdom from July 22-28, there have been 12,642 offenders, including 4,180 for violating residency regulations, 991 for labor violations and 7,471 for border violations.

The report said that 266 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom: 52 percent were Yemeni citizens, 44 percent were Ethiopians, and 4 percent were of other nationalities.

In addition, eight people were arrested for trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 12 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The total number of violators who were subjected to procedures was 64,539, including 53,777 men and 10,762 women.

The authorities transferred 48,453 offenders to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, while 3,352 were transferred to complete their travel reservations and 5,308 were deported.

The Ministry of Interior said that whoever facilitates the entry of violators to the Kingdom, transports them or provides shelter or any other form of support will face imprisonment for up to 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), confiscation of the means of transport or residence employed in the violation, and defamation.

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