Expatriates With Hezbollah Links to Be Thrown Out

The Interior Ministry has said it has the right to revoke the visa of any expatriate and deport him without giving a reason. The ministry made it clear that it intends to cancel the visas of expatriates seen affiliated with the Hezbollah terror group.

In March 2014, the ministry published a list of organizations classified as terrorists. Hezbollah, however, was not on the list.

Gulf states agreed on penalizing Hezbollah because of its support to Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad and its campaigns against Bahrain. The penalties included deporting sympathizers and imposing restrictions on money transfers.

A ministry source said if an expatriate endangers the Kingdom’s security, he will be referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution. If proven guilty, he will be banned from re-entering Saudi Arabia after the completion of his jail term.

According to Article 2 of the Residency Law, an expatriate’s entry into the Kingdom or exit will not be considered legal unless he has a valid passport of his country or a document that proves his nationality.

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