US Citizen Services in Saudi Arabia: Everyone in Kingdom is Subject to its Laws

US Citizen Services in Saudi Arabia: Everyone in Kingdom is Subject to its Laws

Thursday, 9 August, 2018 - 18:00
A general view of the Saudi capital Riyadh. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The American Citizen Services mission in Saudi Arabia tweeted on Thursday that “everyone in Saudi Arabia is subject to the laws of Saudi Arabia.”

“If you violate Saudi law and are arrested, the US Embassy or Consulate cannot get you out of jail,” it cautioned.

“We will attempt to visit and monitor your condition during your detention,” it added.

The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for US citizens imprisoned overseas, said the American Citizen Services on the website of the US embassy in Saudi Arabia.

“While in Saudi Arabia, you are subject to its laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under US law,” it continued.

“To visit incarcerated individuals, the Saudi Government requires diplomatic missions to request visits – including to police stations – via formal diplomatic channels, which often causes delays,” it explained.

“Persons violating Saudi Arabian laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned,” it continued.

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