Saudi Arabia: Nine expats held for illegal remittances

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Saudi authorities have arrested nine expatriates for allegedly transferring money abroad illegally.

The transfers were reportedly made using individual business bank accounts registered under the names of Saudi nationals in exchange for financial commission, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday citing a Riyadh police spokesman.

Those arrested include three Syrians, three Egyptians, one Yemeni, one Pakistani, and one Turkish national, according to the report. All are aged in their 30s and 50s.

Authorities seized over a million riyals that were in the possession of the group.

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The suspects, during initial investigations, acknowledged their crime and were referred to public prosecution.

Last month, authorities arrested a group for illegally transferring more than SR500 million ($133 million) abroad during 2020.

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