Skip to comments.Saudi man facing N.S. sexual assault charge has ‘fled’ after embassy posts bail
Posted on 01/14/2019 1:31:01 PM PST by Loyalist
SYDNEY, N.S. A 28-year-old Saudi man charged with sexually assaulting a Cape Breton woman has gone missing, with a leading immigration lawyer saying it may be a case of the Middle Eastern kingdom helping a citizen flee while awaiting trial.
Nova Scotia's prosecution service says Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi had $37,500 of his bail posted by the Saudi Arabian embassy last year in relation to the alleged sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement of the woman between Aug. 1, 2015 and March 26, 2017.
Alzoabi is also facing separate charges of dangerous driving and assault with a car in a December 2015 incident involving a Cape Breton man.
The money the kingdom provided for Alzoabi's bail last year was forfeited when he failed to appear in court last Monday.
A court document says the sheriff unsuccessfully tried to locate Alzoabi on Dec. 8, and quotes his lawyer at the time, David Iannetti, as saying Alzoabi "fled the country some time ago," even though police had seized his passport.
Veteran immigration lawyer Lee Cohen said in an interview that the likeliest way Alzoabi would have left the country without a passport is with embassy-issued travel documents, as airlines face heavy fines if they board passengers without the government-issued permission or a passport.
The Saudi Arabian embassy has not responded to emails or telephone calls requesting comment.
The incident comes amidst continuing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada.
On Friday, a Saudi teen was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing from her allegedly abusive family. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun said the Saudi embassy in Thailand had tried to force her return to the kingdom.
In August, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expelled Canada's ambassador and withdrew his own envoy after the Canadian foreign minister called for the release of women's rights activists who had been arrested in the country.
The Saudis also sold Canadian investments and recalled their students from universities in Canada. In the United States, there have been a number of reports of Saudi students leaving the country mysteriously as they faced serious criminal charges.
The Oregonian newspaper has reported recently on the flight last year of Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, a Portland, Oregon, community college student who jumped bail in the hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old Portland girl and apparently fled the United States.
The news site reported on Sunday it has found criminal cases involving at least five other Saudis who vanished before they faced trial or completed their jail sentence in the state.
They include two accused rapists, a pair of suspected hit-and-run drivers and one man with child porn on his computer.
Americans are the best mercenaries the Saudis have ever had.
It’s a thing:
Gone: More cases emerge of Saudi students vanishing while facing Oregon charges
How about no bail but an all expense paid trip to Gitmo for about, 20 years, until trial.
“Veteran immigration lawyer Lee Cohen said in an interview that the likeliest way Alzoabi would have left the country without a passport is with embassy-issued travel documents, as airlines face heavy fines if they board passengers without the government-issued permission or a passport.”
Or a private jet.
How about cutting his privates off. And who ever let him out.
“A court document says the sheriff unsuccessfully tried to locate Alzoabi on Dec. 8, and quotes his lawyer at the time, David Iannetti, as saying Alzoabi “fled the country some time ago,” even though police had seized his passport.”
Seems to me that the lawyer should be facing some serious sanctions. Iannetti/ Avenatti, from the same bucket of crap!
Question for people experienced in Saudi Arabia:
I have never been to Saudi Arabia. I have been to many other closed, totalitarian, ideological countries though. The constant is that they view citizens as property of the state, and all aspects of their lives are controlled by the state.
I am wondering - in Saudi, are citizens free to travel? If Saudi (men) go abroad, how much state input and connections are required to get a passport? Obtain an American visa? Obtain US $ needed to live abroad? Return at will?
Taking North Korea as an extreme example - you can assume a DPRK person traveling abroad is an agent of the state, and an employee of their spy services. You can’t travel otherwise.
How close to this is a Saudi citizen traveling abroad?
37,500 Loonies? What’s that, like 10 bucks American?
The Canadian dollar runs about 74 cents as exchanged with the American dollar. Stores at the American/Canadian border in Canada, where I live, give 25 to 20 cents extra for the American dollar. Both currencies like gold compared with some countries.
Reading the whole post is a good idea. I hastily posted THEN went over the post. Seems that Oregon has six cases of bail jumping by these wretches. We are in this together. IMO
Given this history one would think from now on Saudis at least can be considered flight risks.
And don’t you love that quaint terminology “he’s gone missing!’”Reminds me of a comment by Stirling Moss the British F1 driver when he said to the press following a nasty shunt: “I was bipping along and my front wheel came adrift!”
Riyadh should have been turned into a radioactive glass parking lot on 9/12/2001.
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