The Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Monday that it has identified a number of people involved in the abduction and murder of Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jirani, judge at the Endowments and Inheritance Department, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The victim was kidnapped from in front of his house in the town of Tarout on Tuesday. The criminals then killed him and hid his body in an abandoned farms area in Salhiya, said the Interior Ministry security spokesman according to SPA.
Citizens Zaki Mohammed Salman Al-Faraj and his half-brother Salman bin Ali Salman Al-Faraj have been implicated in the crime, he added.
Security authorities had suspected the involvement of the above mentioned figures.
They soon began their field operations and arrested Zaki Mohammed Salman Al-Faraj. The other suspect resisted arrest when security forces surrounded his house in the town of Awamiyah in the province of Qatif.
He then opened fire at the security forces. Sergeant Khalid Mohammed Al-Samati was killed in the ensuing shootout.
The suspect was also killed.
An extensive search of the area of the abandoned farms led to the discovery of Jirani’s body. Medical and laboratory tests confirmed the identity of the corpse.
Initial investigations revealed that after kidnapping him, the criminals took him to the abandoned farms area, dug a hole, put him inside it and the shot and buried him, reported SPA.
The security spokesman stressed that the Interior Ministry and security authorities will continue to confront these terrorist crimes, which are aimed at intimidating citizens, who refuse to become proxies for foreign agendas.
The Ministry urged citizens who have information about those wanted for their involvement in the crime, including Muhammad Hussein Ali Al Ammar, Maitham Ali Mohamed Al-Qaddaih and Ali Bilal Saud Al-Hamad, to contact a dedicated hotline.