fifth estate: A State of Denial
In mid December
2000, word quickly spread around the foreign community in Riyadh that
Canadian William Sampson had been picked up by Saudi police. The next
time they saw him was on Saudi TV confessing to a bizarre crime. Looking
haggard and sounding clipped, Bill Sampson uttered the following words;
"I admit and acknowledge that I participated with Mr Alexander Mitchell
in setting up an explosive device on the vehicle belonging to Christopher
Rodway, a British national."
had been killed in the blast which Saudi prosecutors claimed was the work
of "foreign bootleggers." To those who knew William Sampson,
the allegations sounded highly implausible.
But if his friends were stunned, his father, James Sampson of White Rock
B.C., was horrified.
Bill Sampson Story - Inside a Saudi Prison
- Justice in Saudi Arabia
Resources - Update
December 11, 2002 on CBC
News: the fifth
UPDATED in October 2004