Riyadh, 15th September 2003
The Director General of General Prisons Administration at the Interior Ministry said that a fire broke out at the Penitentiary of the General Administration of Prisons this afternoon, resulting in the death of a number of prisoners.
When the fire was discovered, the relevant authorities attempted to extinguish the flames, and rescued as many people as possible. The authorities were unable to prevent the death of a number of prisoners.
The Interior Minister, Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, has issued directives for the formation of a committee to investigate the cause and consequences of the fire. The Director General of the General Administration of Prisons said that the results of this investigation would be announced.