UNCLAS RIYADH 001848
PLEASE PASS NEA/ARP WROEBUCK AND JHARRIS, CA/OCS/CI, AND L
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CJAN, OPDC, PREL, SA
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE ON SAG'S CHILD CUSTODY AND PRESIDENTIAL
This is an action request. See paragraph 4.
The Saudi Arabian Government formally requested
Presidential pardons for three Saudi nationals currently
imprisoned in the U.S. via a diplomatic note received by the
Embassy on December 17. The note also asked for updates on
the status of child custody cases involving Saudi nationals.
An informal Embassy translation of this note follows. (The
original will be emailed to NEA/ARP.)
Begin text of diplomatic note:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia (Consular Division) presents its complements to the
Embassy of the United States of America in Riyadh.
With reference to the meeting that took place between Deputy
Assistant Secretary for U.S. Citizens Affairs and HE Deputy
Minister for Consular Affairs on Monday 26/11/1429 H,
corresponding to 11/24/2008, at the Foreign Ministry in
Riyadh. HE DMCA raised the issue of 10 cases of Saudi
citizens inside the United States that are still pending
including a number of cases of kidnapping of Saudi children
that took place with the support and help of US. Embassies in
Bahrain and Malaysia sought the help of the American side in
HE DMCA raised (Presidential Pardon) and the possibility to
benefit from it as it entitles every American President at
the end of his term to issue a Presidential pardon for
certain prisoners. Her Excellency DAS for US. Citizen
Affairs said that this is rare to happen but that does not
prevent from asking.
We attach herewith a list of the ten cases referred to above
for which we are requesting presidential pardon. We have
provided these cases to Mr. Mazen Shahan earlier.
The Ministry confirms that the right of the Saudi sides to
visit their children is an acquired right. It is very
important to facilitate this matter for them under any
framework whether through an understanding memorandum or a
group of principles since many Saudi fathers face obstacles
in obtaining visas for the United States to visit their
The Ministry appreciates your assistance in taking the
appropriate measures in this regard.
The Ministry avails itself of this opportunity to renew the
assurances of its highest consideration.
The case of kidnapping (Yasmin) when she was (7 years old) -
Now she is (15 years old). She is the daughter of citizen
Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Shalhoob, resident in Riyadh (mobile
number: 054484406) by her American mother with the help of
the US. Embassy. The above mentioned would like the
procedures issued against him by the American Embassy among
which is prohibiting him from entering the US. to be waived.
His story was blown out of proportion in the media in the US
in spite of the fact that his daughter is kidnapped. The
case will be represented to the American side since no
advancement took place in its regard.
The case of kidnapping (Sara) daughter of Hashem Mustafa
al-Madani, Jeddah - Mobile (054609909) by his divorce (Joe
King) who left the Kingdom illegally. The American side said
that they have no information on this case or on the place of
the mother and daughter in the US during their last meeting
of the committee with them.
The case of the two orphan kids Rakan Abdullah Mohammad Saud
and Saffa bint Othman Salem Saleh who are in the custody of
Mansour al-bibi. Al-bibi's American wife Debora took the two
kids to spend the summer holiday then returned them to the
Kingdom then she refused to return them - while she is not
The American Embassy in Bahrain facilitated the travel of
Saudi citizen Nora Elizabeth Albert William and her Saudi
children (Saad, Haifa, Khalid, Abdulrahman and Yousef) to the
US without the knowledge or approval of their father Mohammad
al-Hattabi al-Shalawi who is resident in the Eastern Province
(Mobile: 055872000). They traveled from Bahrain to the US.
on 15/12/1424 (February 6, 2004) with
The American Embassy in Bahrain arranged the departure of
children of citizen Dheyab bin Salim al-Belwi (resident in
the Eastern region): Tahani, Nora, Sara, Zakariya from
Bahrain to the US. They left their father in Bahrain and
they traveled with secret Saudi passports and they arrived in
the US. with direct assistance of the American Embassy in
Citizen Abdulaziz bin Naser bin Yousef al-Humaidee, resident
in Riyadh (Mobile: 053851117) requests to be able to visit
his daughters Sumaya and Suhaily who are living with their
mother in the US while guaranteeing his personal safety and
not obstructing his freedom.
Mansour bin Jawad al-Bisher - regarding child Fatima who left
with her mother on 22.8.1425 (October 7, 2004), with direct
help of the American Embassy in Bahrain.
Daughters of citizen Mustafa Ali Ahmad al-Sihati: Dalya,
Bayan, who arrived in the US. coming from Bahrain. The
American Embassy in Bahrain arranged their travel to their
Maha bint Mubarak al-Raheli who disappeared in Malaysia on
30.5.1426 (July 7, 2005) then it was found out that she is in
the US living with her mother.
Kholoud bint Man'e al-Juhani who disappeared in Malaysia on
20.6.1426 (July 27, 2005) and she was found in the US and she
is living there.
NAMES OF THE SAUDI PRISONERS IN THE US FOR WHOM PRESIDENTIAL
PARDON IS REQUESTED:
Citizen/ Humaidan al-Turki (several cases - 12
accusations: citizenship, maid slavery and not paying maid
salary, oppression and blackmail). He was sentenced for 28
years on 7/8/1427 (corresponding to 6.31.2006) He is
imprisoned in Denver, Colorado.
Citizen Dr. Nabil al-Ruwais (accused of harassing a
child) He is sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment on
29.3.1428 (4.27.2006) on arrival to the US. He is imprisoned
in Los Angeles, California.
Naif Ismail al-Yousef (accused of participating with
Mashal bin Abdulrahman bin Juma al-Suwaidi and Tareq bin
Abdullah bin Abdulrahman al-Dosari in killing Saudi citizen
Abdulaziz bin Yousef al-Kohaji). He was sentenced for life
in 2003 for murder.
End text of diplomatic note.
Post urgently requests Department guidance regarding the
request for Presidential pardons, as well as information
regarding the child custody cases.