New prisons in Saudi Arabia are 95% complete

Two projects in Riyadh and Jeddah worth $533m

One of the prisons is being built in Riyadh
One of the prisons is being built in Riyadh

Construction work at two new prisons in Riyadh and Jeddah is over 95% complete.

Director-General of Saudi Arabia’s Prisons Department Major General Ibrahim bin Mohammed al-Hamzi made the announcement adding that Riyadh has spent over 2bn Riyals ($533m) building the two jails.

He said  the high number of prisoners jam-packed in the cells was the main reason behind the decision to build the new jails.

More than 40,000 political prisoners, mostly prisoners of conscience, are in jails across Saudi Arabia.

 

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