The son and son-in-law of P.T.A. Rahim, MLA (left) from Kunnamangalam in Kozhikode district, are among 19 Keralites arrested by Saudi Arabian police for alleged economic offense and money laundering.
Shabeer P.T, the MLA’s son, and Shabeer Vayoli, his son-in-law, were reportedly arrested in Al Khobar in the Dammam metropolitan area in Saudi Arabia nearly a fortnight ago. Both were running a financial business venture called Global Business Solutions at Al Khobar.
The exact nature of the economic offense for which they have been arrested is yet unclear. A reliable source informed the CBC news hawala and money laundering are the prime allegation for the held.
Indians, especially Keralites, are frequently arrested in Saudi Arabia for the so-called ‘hawala’ transaction, the illegal transfer of money back home.
Mr. Rahim, State president of the National Secular Conference party, is a fourth-time MLA – earlier from Koduvally and later from Kunnamangalam.