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India says full faith in Saudi judicial system

world Updated: Aug 01, 2013 15:09 IST

India has full faith in Saudi judicial system and it is in constant touch with the authorities in the Gulf Kingdom to address issues related to the welfare of its citizens including those serving jail terms or facing trials.

The Indian Embassy in Riyadh said this in a statement

issued after a local Indian association alleged that majority of Indians in Saudi jails are convicted without a fair trial.

"The Embassy would like to reiterate its full faith in

the judicial system of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the statement said.

"The Embassy rejects such irresponsible statements casting aspersions on the judicial system of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," it said, dismissing the claims made by what it termed as the "illegal" organisation in the country called Federation of Kerala Associations in Saudi Arabia (Fokasa).

"There are over 2.5 million Indians living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in complete peace and harmony; abiding by the Saudi laws and regulations; and enjoying the protection of Saudi judicial system. Indians are the most preferred expatriate community in Saudi Arabia due to their law-abiding and peace loving nature," said the statement.

The Embassy thanked Saudi King Abdullah for his humanitarian approach in announcing concessions and extension of grace period for overstaying expatriates to correct their status or to leave the country without facing penal action.

The statement said the Embassy is conducting inquiries into complaints of alleged involvement of some illegal associations and individuals in Saudi Arabia on cases related to housemaids and also based on complaints of collection of money for getting information and offering legal assistance to Indians in distress and also those in jails.

"As part of the inquiry, the Embassy has sought information from Fokasa on the details of housemaid cases which Fokasa or any of its members handled during the last three years; information available with Fokasa on cases of Indians involved in organ removal or organ donation; and details of Indians in Saudi Arabia whom Fokasa or its members offered any legal assistance," it said.

The Embassy said India has excellent bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia and it is aware of its responsibilities towards Indian nationals and it will continue to address all issues of concern to the Indian community within the framework of Saudi rules and regulations.

The Embassy said its officials regularly visit jails and deportation centers to render assistance to Indians in jails all across Saudi Arabia.

It remains in constant touch with the Saudi authorities at appropriate levels to address these issues.