COVID-19: Group arrested for selling SR 3,000 fake movement permits in Saudi Arabia

Group arrested for selling SR 3,000 fake movement permits in Saudi Arabia

Several people were arrested in Riyadh for creating forged movement permits and selling them amid a curfew imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an undercover operation, Riyadh police officers feigned interest in buying a permit from one man to later meet him in an agreed location where the seller would be arrested.

The person had 31 fabricated permits and was selling them for 3,000 riyals. In sum, the permits could’ve totaled 93,000 riyals had they been sold.

The kingdom has doubled down on people violating curfews, announcing fines of up to 10,000 riyals and possible jail term if they repeatedly break the law.

Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour lockdown on April 6 on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif, and Khobar.

Saudi Arabia has taken several measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease first began earlier this year.