Saudi Arabian sisters fight extradition from Turkey

Two Saudi Arabian sisters resident in Turkey are fighting their extradition to Saudi Arabia, which they say they fled to escape an abusive family. Ashwaq and Areej Hamoud were detained in Turkey after their father claimed that their intention in leaving Saudi Arabia had been to join terrorist groups in Syria, but no public criminal investigation into them has yet been launched.

To date, the sisters have been unsuccessful in their attempts to fight extradition through Turkey’s courts, and their lawyer has warned that they face grave danger should they be sent back to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia reports extradition statistics

A Saudi Arabian Public Prosecutor has said that Saudi Arabia extradited 91 people under judicial cooperation agreements and 14 people to countries with no agreement in 2015-16. Speaking to the 22nd annual conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al Muajab said that the 105 individuals were wanted under a variety of allegations, including terrorism, fraud, and murder.

Ibrahim brothers extradited from Dubai to Australia on drugs charges

Fadi and Michael Ibrahim have been extradited from Dubai to Australia, where they face charges of attempting to import two tonnes of MDMA and other drugs into the country. The shipment, allegedly worth almost $1billion, was seized by police in the Netherlands in July as part of an international law-enforcement effort.

Assistant Commissioner of Australia’s police force Neil Gaughan also said that “The Dubai authorities have offered an unprecedented level of support to help facilitate these operations and ensure these extraditions have run smoothly.

Pakistan requests documents from UK & Saudi Arabia in former-PM investigation

It is reported that Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog will file more references against its former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, who along with his family is subject to a wide-ranging investigation into his conduct during his time in office.  According to the reports, the new references will be filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) once more company records allegedly relating to Mr Sharif have been received from the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia under mutual legal assistance requests. Pakistan’s Supreme Court has also instructed the NAB to open a criminal case against the former Prime Minister and his family.

Saudi Arabia creates new body to handle MLA requests

Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General, Sheikh Saud Bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, has announced the creation of a body to handle requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal cases and coordinate all of the relevant government departments. Speaking at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Public Prosecutors, Al-Muajab said that the new body was created to meet international requirements, particularly UN Conventions against Corruption and Organised Crime.

Saudi Arabia to seek extradition of corruption suspects

Saudi Arabia has recently detained a number of high-profile businessmen and public figures on accusations of corruption. Its public prosecutor has now announced that it will also seek the extradition of corruption suspects living abroad, though has not yet identified any targets.

Although Saudi Arabia has said the moves are a crackdown on corruption, others believe it is an attempt by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to consolidate his power. This perception may make it more difficult for Saudi Arabia to secure the extradition of suspects living abroad.