Oregon senator says Saudi Arabia tries to flout law for Saudis accused of crimes in the U.S.

Saudis accused of serious crimes have fled to the kingdom before trial. The FBI believes they had help from U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday.


Fallon Smart’s killer – a Saudi citizen accused of 1st degree manslaughter for recklessly driving a car into her – managed to flee the U.S. and return to his country even though his passport was confiscated. His disappearance before trial was similar to those of nearly two dozen other Saudi nationals accused of serious crimes, including rape.

Victims and survivors believe the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is helping these criminal suspects evade justice by taking advantage of its position as a critical U.S. ally. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) tells Scott Pelley the Saudis are known for using every means to be “above the law” in U.S. cases concerning their citizens.

The Senate Intelligence Committee member said he could not comment beyond that, but said Americans deserve to know whether Saudi Arabia is indeed helping these individuals evade justice. Pelley speaks to Wyden, victims, survivors and prosecutors for this 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

The Saudi indicted in Smart’s death, Abdulrahman Noorah, has been tracked on social media to his home country. Prosecutors say he probably had help getting back. They say after his country’s consulate produced his bail money, he was picked up by a black SUV, which was driven to a gravel quarry where the fugitive’s GPS tracking bracelet was later found.

The police say the SUV then drove in the direction of the airport. Noorah’s name was not found on any airline passenger lists. Despite a warrant on him, law enforcement is now powerless: the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with its ally.  read more…


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