Saudi Arabian portal links prisoners with their families

Riyadh, March 19 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has launched a new portal that will connect detainees and inmates with their families.

The portal will enable detainees and inmates to interact with their families through emails or phone or video calls, Xinhua reported.
According to a spokesperson of the Saudi Interior Ministry, the portal will facilitate converting all conventional paperwork to online applications, saving time and efforts of the families.
Through the portal, the families of the suspects and convicts could apply to get visitation permission. The confirmation of the visit’s permission will be sent to the families through mobile phone messages.
But it could not determined if this service, launched Monday, was only limited to Saudi prisoners, or it also included foreign prisoners wishing to interact through the portal with their families living outside Saudi Arabia.