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.