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Saudi: 2,799 expat engineers with fake certificates face prosecution

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2,799 expatriate engineers in Saudi Arabia are facing prosecution for forging their certificates, local media reported.

Engineer Farhan Al Shammari, secretary-general of the Saudi Council of Engineers, said that expats from different nationalities are facing prosecution after their engineering and technical certificates were found to be forged. They will be referred to authorities concerned to taking legal action against them.

He noted that the council has been working for years to track down unqualified cadres who hold forged certificates and illegally entered the engineering and technical professions. “This is in line with an advanced plan to eliminate those who practice the profession without the required qualifications in technical and professional jobs that needed the highest levels of credibility and quality,” Al Shammari said.

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He highlighted the need to expose unqualified technicians and assistant engineers who pose a risk to the safety of projects in which they are working, thus affecting the quality and output of the engineering and construction sector.

Al Shammari said that the council is closely monitoring anyone who is trying to tamper with the nation’s capabilities and economy by presenting forged certificates to obtain jobs in the building and construction sector.

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