Luxury perks: Life inside a Saudi prison

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 04 Maret 2015 | 20.01

Al-Hair Prison in Saudi Arabia. Picture: Google Earth Source: Supplied

IT HAS luxury rooms, ATMS, and each room has a queen-sized bed and its own private shower.

This isn't any hotel, this is what life inside Saudi Arabia's high-security Al-Hair facility looks like.

Its inmates aren't just any run of the mill prisoners either but this is how Saudi officials rehabilitate terrorists.

The prison, which is surrounded by towers and guards with guns, even has a conjugal-visit wing where married inmates are allowed to spend between three and five hours with their wives, The Independent reported.

More than 1100 high-security prisoners, many of whom have been jailed on terror-related charges, are housed in the prison near the capital, Riyadh.

Al-Hair is just one of five high-security prisons Saudi authorities have set up in recent years to deal with what it says is an increasing terror threat.

Journalist Kevin Sullivan was allowed a rare glimpse inside the prison and found standards that mirrored some hotels.

He said while he wasn't allowed to take photos, he was able to walk around the prison and found the Saudi government gives welfare to inmate's families.

It also supplies them with food, rent and school fees, as well as airfares other expenses when families come to visit.

Saudi Arabia has come under the spotlight in recent years amid claims of torture and abuse in its prisons.

Most recently, the secretive kingdom was accused of torturing blogger Raif Badawi, who was brutally flogged for insulting Islam.

Last year, an Australian man freed from Saudi Arabia jail, claimed he was tortured in prison.

Shayden Thorne was sentenced to four-and-a-half years' jail in Saudi Arabia for encouraging terrorism, however he claimed he only confessed after being tortured.

He was later freed from prison after being granted clemency.


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