A Saudi Arabia national, Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, was put under house arrest in June 2017 following his charge in the death of 15 years old Fallon Smart but was nowhere to be found nine days to his trial despite having a U.S. Marshals Service GPS ankle monitor on. At the time, Noorah was in the US on a student visa as a student of Portland Community College.
According to reports, authorities in Saudi have now admitted that Noorah got back home a week after he disappeared from Portland. This has made new outlets to make claims of Saudi making such possible by providing transportation and a fake passport.
In August 2016, Noorah was said to navigate around cars ahead of him which were in brief stop to allow young Fallon cross the street at a crosswalk. He struck the girl at speed between 55 and 60 mph in a 25 mph zone and drove off in his gold Lexus.
It was revealed that as at the time he was arrested, Noorah’s driving license had been suspended for 17 parking violations as well as a prior charge of driving after being suspended for lack of insurance.
How he managed to get passport and plane ticket hence escaping back home after being placed under house arrest with a tracker remains a surprise and only asks questions of what roles Saudi played in his escape.
The United States and Saudi Arabia do not have an extradition treaty which shields American citizens from being extradited to Saudi for any violation of its religious law but unfortunately also allows criminals escape justice except Saudi see a need to return such to the US.
In the face of all this, Saudi’s position about foreigners complying to its norms, including forbidding short skirts for women, drinking in public as well as respect for their prophet and religion, is very clear. Hence it is also expected that Saudis visiting the US play according to the rules of the land otherwise face the consequences.
Reporters hope the White House will take worthy actions about the killing of Fallon.
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