There are currently seven Saudi citizens in prisons in the US. They are now the subject of conversations between the governments of Saudi Arabia and the US to have them transferred to the Kingdom to complete their sentences. Arab News reports that Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubair is working on the transfers. The US Department of Justice is responsible for authorizing such transfers under specific guidelines.
Among those being considered for transfer is Humaidan Al-Turki, the object of much activism in Saudi Arabia when he was sentenced to eight years in prison for mistreating a domestic employee while he was studying in Colorado.
US-held Saudi prisoners to finish terms in KSA
Jeddah: Arab News
Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel Al-Jubair said the embassy is currently working on completing procedures for Saudi prisoners eligible for transfer to Saudi Arabia to complete their prison terms based on an extradition agreement.
“Humaidan (Al-Turki) and other (Saudi) prisoners are a key concern of the Kingdom. The embassy is now working on identifying those eligible for extradition,” he said during a ceremony at the embassy Saturday, adding that such procedures take time.
There are seven Saudi prisoners in the United States and the hope is that they will all be extradited. Al-Jubair said Saudi Arabia would pay millions of riyals to bail Saudi prisoners and have them released.
A local newspaper quoted Humaidan’s brother Ibrahim Al-Turki saying he had no information about his brother’s extradition. Humaidan’s son, Turki, said the family is in contact with his father’s lawyer in the US and discussing the articles in the extradition agreement and deportation procedures with him.