Saudis Pledge Maximum Punishment for Those Behind Mistreatment of Iranian Teens
An Iranian deputy foreign minister said Riyadh has pledged to mete out the maximum punishment to two Saudi officers who molested two teenage Iranian pilgrims in the city of Jeddah’s airport.
According to Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi, a senior Saudi official in a meeting with Iran’s ambassador to Riyadh has voiced “deep regret” over the “embarrassing” incident.
The perpetrators are in custody and the prosecutor general is working on the case, Qashqavi quoted the Saudi official as saying.
Saudi Arabia will not accept anything less than the maximum punishment for the offense, the Arab official has announced, noting that Riyadh will let the families of the victims know about the judicial process.
Qashqavi also noted that the Foreign Ministry is well aware of the hurt sentiment of the public in Iran, pledging efforts to seriously pursue the case until a final result.
The two Iranian teenage boys were harassed by the Saudi officers at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport when the offenders took them away during body search, citing suspicion.