Saudi sisters preferred ‘suicide’ over return to desert kingdom

The two Saudi sisters who died mysteriously in New York’s Hudson River went on a two-month spending binge and may have preferred death rather than returning to the desert kingdom.

Siblings Tala and Rotana Farea were discovered taped together on the river’s shore.

Cops say Tala, 16, and Rotana, 22, had spent the weeks before their deaths living it up at the Hyatt and Hilton hotels in Manhattan before they died.

“We also have the sources that the detectives have developed from this investigation thus far; statements made that they would rather inflict harm on themselves and commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia,” said Detective Dermot Shea.

Rotana, left, and Tala Farea, whose fully clothed bodies, bound together with tape and facing each other, were discovered on on the banks of New York City’s Hudson River waterfront on Oct. 24, 2018. NYPD

But looming in the near future were financial woes as the duo maxed out their credit cards after eating out, shopping and using Uber for the previous two months.

In the days before their deaths, the pair — reportedly fleeing an abusive home life in Virginia — had reportedly applied for political asylum.

They told pals they’d rather kill themselves than return to the ultra-conservative pseudo-theocracy.

And investigators now seem to be leaning to the theory that the Farea sisters probably killed themselves. Neither showed any signs of trauma.

“Everything we have seen thus far is pointing to something other than a crime took place,” Shea told reporters.

Their mother told detectives that one day before they died, she was contacted by the Saudi consulate ordering the family to return home. Saudi Arabia denies that narrative.

They were last seen praying at a park on 158th St. W. in upper Manhattan, according to witnesses.

Media reports said the sisters fled their home in Fairfax on Aug. 24 after allegedly being abused by their father, mother and brother who took exception to their preference for Western clothes.

One Virginia neighbour told The New York Times he saw the two daughters “very rarely, and within the last six or seven months, I didn’t see the girls at all.”

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