One suspect arrested, another killed; policeman loses life in encounter
RIYADH, December 24 – Saudi Police have resolved the case of kidnapping and murder of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Jirani, a former judge, following a raid and subsequent arrest in the eastern province of Qatif last week.
Al Jirani, a Shiite who was a judge at the Endowment and Inheritance Department, was abducted by a group of Shiite terrorists in December last year in front of his home in Tarout Island. However, the victim’s corpse was found only last week during a security raid on a farmhouse in Awamiya, where it lay buried, stated the Ministry of Interior.
Zaki Mohammed Salman Al Faraj, one of the main suspects, was arrested during the raid. His half-brother Salman Ali Salman Al Faraj, another prime suspect, was killed by the police team when he resisted arrest and retaliated, which also resulted in the death of police sergeant Khalid bin Mohammed Al Samti.
Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for three other suspects, Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Ammar, Maytham Ali Mohammed Al Qodeihi and Ali Bilal Saud Al Hamad.
The police zeroed in on the spot of the crime after an intensive search for months. The skeletal remains found at the farmhouse was confirmed to be of Al Jirani following a DNA analysis. A post-mortem investigation revealed a gunshot wound in the chest and marks of torture and abuse.
Before his abduction, Al Jirani was targeted many times. His house and car were set ablaze in 2011. The following year, his home was targeted again by assailants who could not succeed in their mission because of a timely intervention by the police.
The victim was vocal against some individuals in Qatif who sent Zakat (endowments) to Iran, Iraq and Lebanon rather than giving it to the people in their city. He was also critical of attacks against security forces, and opposed those who criticized the state, fueled strife in society, and exploited the youth for their ulterior motives.
The Ministry of Interior has announced a bounty for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects.