Two-year jail for Saudi woman in money laundering case

July 11, 2021

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — A Saudi woman was awarded two-year jail after she was found guilty of assisting an Asian resident in his failed attempt to smuggle money out of the Kingdom. The court also ruled to impose a travel ban on her for the same period of time and confiscation of seized money involved in the illegal transaction.

An official source at the Public Prosecution stated that a final judgment had been issued in the money laundering criminal case. The court found that the woman agreed to help an Asian resident in smuggling an amount of money outside the Kingdom in exchange for a sum of money.

This was with the full knowledge that the money was illegal. She also agreed with a Customs employee to help her take the bag of money to another country from where a transfer was to be effected for the Asian resident.

However, the employee informed the concerned security authorities about the illegal activity before the occurrence of the crime.

The security authorities are continuing efforts, through the cooperation of Interpol, to bring back the Asian resident who had left for another country one day before the scheduled date of receiving the money after meeting with the woman citizen.

The Public Prosecution emphasized that it is continuing to prosecute and penalize those who cause harm to the national economy. It called on citizens and residents to report to the competent authorities about the dubious activities of criminal gangs.

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