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