Bitcoin Trading Is Illegal in Saudi Arabia, Warn Watchdogs

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A governmental committee comprised of Saudi Arabian regulators has issued a statement clarifying that cryptocurrency trading is illegal in the kingdom. According to a statement issued Sunday, the standing committee warned against trading in cryptocurrencies due to “negative consequences and high risks on traders as they are out of government supervision.” It went on to clarify: “The committee assured that virtual currency including, for example but not limited to, the Bitcoins are illegal in the kingdom and no parties or individuals are licensed for such practices.” The statement does not indicate what the consequences might be for parties found to be trading in cryptocurrencies. Brought into being by a supreme decree, the Standing Committee for Awareness on Dealing in Unauthorized Securities Activities in the Foreign Exchange Market was formed by five of the Middle Eastern country’s watchdogs, including the Capital Market Authority (CMA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority