Saudi Arabia Helps Citizen Escape Custody In Oregon After He Killed Teen Girl
Portland, OR – A Saudi national who was charged in the-hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old girl is believed to have fled the country with the help of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, 21, removed his anklet monitor and had an illegal passport and boarded a private plane and escaped to Saudi Arabia two months before his June 2017 trial, according to The Oregonian.
U.S. officials learned only recently that Noorah had arrived back in Saudi Arabi 18 months ago from Saudi officials, according to The Oregonian.
“We’re doing everything we can to get him back,” said Eric Wahlstrom, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in Oregon, according to The Oregonian.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have no extradition treaty, according to The Oregonian.
“It begs the question: Why isn’t the Saudi government respecting our justice system?” said Chris Larsen, a lawyer for Smart’s mother, Fawn Lengvenis, according to The Oregonian. “It’s reprehensible.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals Service believe the Saudi government helped Noorah in his escape. Noorah’s $100,000 bond was posted by the consulate of Saudi Arabia on Sept. 11, 2016, according to Fox News.
Noorah was arrested in August of 2016, according to Fox News. He was indicted for first-degree manslaughter, hit-and-run, reckless endangerment and reckless driving in the death of Fallon Smart in Portland.
From the start, there was reason to believe Noorah was considered a high flight risk but the court had no power to prevent him from getting bail due to Oregon bail laws and the entanglement of a foreign government, according to Fox News.
Shane Smart, Fallon's uncle, was upset that Noorah was released on bail and stated his opinion at that time in a 2017 Facebook post.
"From Day 1, our family objected to a bail because of things known about Abdulrahman Noorah that made us believe he was a flight risk," Shane Smart wrote on Facebook, according to Fox News. "The deputy district attorney representing the state's case against Abdulrahman Noorah expressed our objection of allowing a bail and house arrest to the presiding Judge."