Saudi Aramco executive jailed for one week in Chamoli for carrying satellite phone

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Saudi Aramco executive jailed

A senior British executive of oil giant Saudi Aramco had to spend nearly a week in a Chamoli in Uttarakhand jail after taking a banned satellite phone to a yoga retreat. 

Important facts

  • Fergus MacLeod, head of investor relations at Saudi Aramco, was released after paying a fine of ₹1,000.

  • McLeod, who was arrested on July 12, said he was unaware of the ban on satellite phones, which were used by terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008.

  • McLeod reportedly turned on the satellite phone in his hotel room but claimed he did not use it.

About Satellite Phone

  • It is a type of mobile phone that connects to other phones or telephone networks by radio via orbiting satellites rather than at terrestrial cell sites, as cellphones do.

  • Its advantage is that its use is not limited to areas covered by cell towers, it can be used in most or all geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

  • These phones are capable of receiving and making calls anywhere in the world, even in remote parts, be it the Himalayas or an uninhabited island in the Pacific.

  • The concept of satellite phones is not new. Actually, the first satellite phone was launched by Motorola in 1989.

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