Saudi jailed over Queen's death rumour

Queen Sirikit

Thai authorities sentenced a Saudi man in Bangkok to two years in jail on charges of spreading online rumors that Queen Sirikit has died, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Monday.

The Saudi embassy in the Thai capital has appointed a lawyer to appeal the sentence against the man, who is married to a Thai woman and has three children, the Arabic language daily Alriyadh said.

“The Saudi embassy took the occasion to warn Saudi citizens in Thailand against violating the law there in order to avert prosecution,” the paper said.

Saudi journalist killed in tribal vendetta

A Saudi journalist was shot dead in the Gulf Kingdom by a man from another tribe following an old dispute, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Mohammed Al Fateeh, a reporter for the mass circulation Arabic language daily Al Watan, died on the spot near his house in the central town of Najran.

His brother, Hadi, said the assailant fled the scene after firing several shots at his brother, adding that police mounted a manhunt to catch the killer.

“We know the killer…we had an old dispute, which was resolved later…but he evidently did not respect the agreement,” he told Sabq newspaper.

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