2002 Press Release

Saudi Arabia moves to arrest 750

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has asked Interpol to arrest 750 people, many of whom are suspected of being involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist-related activities.   This is in addition to a total of 1,207 cases of crime in which the Kingdom has contacted the 179-nation international police organization, seeking cooperation to solve the cases.

Multilateral cooperation is essential to successfully defeating international drug trafficking and terrorism.  Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with the U.S., European and Asian governments to ensure that information is shared as quickly and effectively as possible.

Ronald K. Noble, Interpol's secretary-general, has said: "Currently, there are 750 requests for arrests made by Saudi Arabia, whose Riyadh office is one of the most efficient Interpol offices in the world.” This figure includes 214 Saudis, whose names appear in Interpol's database, as well as expatriates who have fled Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of international efforts in fighting terrorism and is proud of progress made so far, but recognizes the need to do more.

After September 11, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the G-20 in order to develop an aggressive plan of action directed at the routing out and freezing of terrorist assets worldwide.  Saudi Arabia is proud to have been a leader in the development of this plan and its implementation – key objectives of both the U.S. and international policies for dealing with terrorism now, and in the future.

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz has stressed the Kingdom's stand along side the world community in the fight against terrorism, saying: “Saudi Arabia maintains an unwavering stand, without reservations, against the perpetrators of terrorism.  We join with other nations in an all-out effort to identify and counter threats of terror through international cooperation, sharing of information, and technical assistance.”