Social media misuse nine suspects held

Gulf Daily News Wednesday, 28th January 2015
Obama visit boosts Saudi ties
US President
Barack Obama arrived in
Saudi Arabia yesterday to
pay his respects after the
death of King Abdullah,
a trip that underscores the
importance of a US-Saudi
alliance that extends beyond
oil interests to regional security.
During his brief stop in Riyadh, Obama held his first formal meeting with Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques King
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The hour-long meeting focused on a range of Mideast
security issues – sectarian divisions in Iraq, the US-led campaign against the Islamic State
group, the precarious situation
in Yemen and support for Syrian opposition fighting President
Bashar Assad, said a US official.
Stepping off the plane earlier in Riyadh, the president and
first lady Michelle Obama were
greeted by King Salman and
a military band playing both
countries’ national anthems.
King Salman led an honour
guard of senior Saudi princes
and officials to greet them, including the crown prince and
deputy crown prince and the
kingdom’s veteran Oil Minister
Ali Al Naimi.
Some of the all-male Saudi
delegation shook hands with
Michelle while others gave her
a nod as they passed by. She
wore full-length clothing but
no headscarf, as is typical for
many Western women in Saudi
The King formally greeted
Obama and the US delegation
at the Erga Palace on the outskirts of Riyadh, where dozens
of Saudi officials filed through a
marble-walled room to greet the
Americans under massive crystal chandeliers. Then they sat for
a three-course dinner of grilled
meats, baked lobster and Arabic
and French desserts.
Obama cut short his trip to
India to spend just a few hours
in Riyadh. Further underscoring
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Saudi Arabia’s key role in US
foreign policy was the extensive
delegation that joined Obama
for the visit.
Secretary of State John Kerry
joined Obama in Riyadh, along
with former secretaries of state
Condoleezza Rice and James
Baker III, both of whom served
Republican presidents. Former
White House national security
advisers Brent Scowcroft, Sandy
Berger and Stephen Hadley also
made the trip, as did Senator
John McCain, a frequent critic
of Obama’s Mideast policy.
CIA director John Brennan
and Gen Lloyd Austin, com-
mander of US Central Command, which overseas military
activity in the Middle East, were
also taking part in yesterday’s
meetings with the Saudis.
The US and Saudi Arabia
have worked in close co-ordination to address evolving security
concerns in the region. Most recently, Saudi Arabia became one
of a handful of Arab nations that
have joined the US in launching
airstrikes against the Islamic
State group in Iraq and Syria.
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama
wanted to discuss with King
Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation
in Yemen and talks on ending
a long-running dispute about
Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“We do believe that Saudi
policy will remain quite similar
to how it’s been under King Abdullah,” he said, adding Obama
wanted to forge the same kind of
“close relationship” with King
Salman as he had with his predecessor.
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Social media misuse
nine suspects held
MANAMA: Nine suspects have
been arrested for allegedly misusing social media, it was announced last night.
The general director of anti-corruption and economic and
electronic security identified
them as Mohammed Saeed Al
Adraj, 24; Mohammed Ahmed
Ali, 21; Yousif Fadhel Salman,
21; Abbas Ali Ahmed Gholoom,
23; Kameel Ibrahim Yusuf, 19;
Hussain Mohammed Ahmed, 22;
Ali Jaffar Ahmed, 29; Al Sayed
Hussein Jaffar Mohsin, 28; and
Ali Ibrahim Ali, 21.
Three of the suspects are university students. The 19-year-old
is a school student while five others are private sector employees.
According to Article 215 of the
Penal Code, imprisonment for a
period of no more than two years
or a fine of no more than BD200
will be imposed on any person
who offends in public a foreign
country or an international organisation based in Bahrain or
its president or representative,
the general director said.
The same penalty will apply
to a person who offends such
organisation’s flag or official emblem.
He said a warrant had been
obtained from the Public Prosecution to arrest the suspects.
Legal procedures are underway to refer them to the Public
Prosecution, the official added.