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Justice Ministry: All defendants get fair trial in Saudi courts

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ARAB NEWS
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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JEDDAH: Following Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentences of 14 people convicted of a range of offenses that posed a threat to national security, and which also involved killing innocent civilians, the spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of Justice, Sheikh Mansour Al-Ghafari, maintained that all defendants receive fair trials in Saudi courts, which meet all the required criteria and conditions of the Saudi legal system.
Al-Ghafari said that all sentences against defendants in terrorist cases are subject to meticulous audit and review in the Special Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. Death sentences, in particular, require validation from both a Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, which means they need to go through many stages, involving the participation of 13 judges, before the sentence is ultimately approved, Al-Ghafari said.
Throughout this period, defendants enjoy full legal rights, including the right to appoint attorneys of their choice, and the ministry pays the ensuing expenses if the defendant cannot afford them, he added.
Moreover, he stressed that all court hearings are held in the presence of defendants’ parents and representatives of the press and human rights groups.
In cases where defendants are non-Saudis, the spokesman said, the embassies of their home countries are notified to send representatives to attend the trials.
Al-Ghafari added that the court gives defendants enough time to prepare and present their defense, and harsh sentences are only passed for the most dangerous crimes — those which threaten the safety and security of society and represent a violation of human rights and dignity, principally the rights to life and security.

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Head of Al-Qassim religious police killed by his son

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MOHAMMED AL-SULAMI
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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JEDDAH: The head of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Al-Qassim region was murdered by his 17-year-old son, police said.
Al-Qassim police spokesman Maj. Badr Al-Suhaibani said police were notified on July 23 of a fire in a house in the Experts Center. A police patrol went immediately to the location and extinguished the fire.
The body of the house owner was taken to hospital, where it appeared that the cause of death was being shot many times in the chest.
Accordingly, the Civil Defense investigation department transferred the case to the security authorities.
Al-Suhaibani said after careful investigation, it was discovered that the killer was the victim’s teenaged son.
The authorities found the weapon, detained the suspect and presented him to the public prosecution office, where he pleaded guilty and signed his admission statement.

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Man who threatened to post woman’s pictures on social media arrested

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MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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RIYADH: A man who threatened to post a woman’s pictures on social media was arrested on Thursday under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law.
The arrest was made in a joint operation between Riyadh police and the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
Police said their investigating team thoroughly studied the correspondence between the suspect and the woman. He resisted arrest when he was found in a car.
After the arrest, police discovered that he was using a stolen car with another vehicle’s number plate. The original plate was found in his vehicle.
He is currently in custody at Al-Arija police station until investigations are completed, after which he will be charged before a court under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law.
The law protects people from the use of unauthorized pictures or recordings by a camera-equipped mobile phone.
The law ensures the safe exchange of data; protects the rights of computer and Internet users; and protects the public interest, morals and privacy.
Those found guilty under the law are subject to penalties and a jail term depending on the degree of the offense.

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Madinah seen having great potential to realize Vision 2030

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RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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RIYADH: Prince Saud bin Khaled Al-Faisal, deputy governor of Madinah, highlighted Madinah region’s great potential to contribute to Vision 2030.
During a visit to the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said it is a leading region in attracting investments and contributing to Saudi development.
The prince added that Madinah city, the region’s capital, enjoys Islamic and historical advantages that businessmen could see as beneficial in terms of investments.
He noted the rich agricultural and economic resources that could promote trade and economic activity in the region.
Prince Saud urged investors in Madinah to collectively come up with added-value initiatives to benefit the local economy in particular and the Kingdom in general.
Officials and leaders of business and industry in the region should also organize exhibitions and conferences, he said.
They will serve as engines of growth with the participation and attendance of local and foreign businessmen, he added.

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Health Ministry, WHO in epidemic surveillance of Hajj pilgrims

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MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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RIYADH: Hajj operations are monitored by a special epidemic control team comprising officials from the Saudi Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure there is no epidemic outbreak, Mahmoud Fikri, director of the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean office, told Arab News on Thursday.
“The ministry has formed a joint team with more than six WHO specialists in epidemiology and disease control, who are supported by a band of local and international health officials to enforce epidemic control over the pilgrims who will be coming for Hajj this year,” Fikri said.
“The joint team will carefully monitor the movement of pilgrims and their health conditions, and would intervene if and when necessary to treat patients upon detection of disease.”
The ministry has told all Saudi missions abroad to issue Hajj visas only to those who comply with medical and immunization requirements stipulated by the ministry.
Vaccination against meningitis has been made compulsory for all local and foreign Hajj pilgrims, and an influenza shot is advised.
Pilgrims have also been advised to have vaccinations against yellow fever and cholera if they are traveling from endemic countries.

Arab Parliament speaker lauds Saudi anti-cholera efforts in Yemen
Arab Parliament Speaker Meshaal Al-Salami on Friday praised Saudi efforts to combat the cholera epidemic in Yemen.
He lauded deals signed between the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) on the one hand, and the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF on the other.
He called on the international community, the UN Security Council, and Arab, Islamic and international relief organizations to support efforts to combat the epidemic and deliver aid to affected areas in Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia witnesses remarkable growth in tourism events, festivals

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RASHID HASSAN
Sat, 2017-08-05 03:00
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is witnessing remarkable growth in tourism events and festivals which, together, attract millions of visitors, help to generate revenue, and create temporary job opportunities for citizens, according to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Over the course of this summer, the SCTH, in cooperation with tourism development councils and municipal authorities throughout the country, will have staged more than 113 tourism festivals.
Those festivals, the SCTH media department said on Friday, involve “more than 820 activities including cultural, heritage, sports, adventure, environment, entertainment, and shopping events,” adding that those events are expected to attract a total of more than 12.5 million visitors, and to help create more than 91,000 temporary jobs.
A recent SCTH report revealed that — between 2005 to 2016 — 730 festivals were held in the Kingdom, which, in total, attracted more than 85 million visitors, including 28 million tourists.
According to the report, those festivals generated over SR8 billion ($2.133 billion), and helped create more than 86,000 temporary jobs, 70 percent of them for young people.
The hospitality sector has also recorded remarkable growth, according to the report. The total number of hotels in the Kingdom rose from 1,465 in 2014 to 1,582 in 2016. A further 42 hotels are expected to open this year, while 219 hotels are currently under construction.
Since supervision of the accommodation sector shifted to the SCTH in 2009, the number of licensed tourist accommodation facilities has multiplied from 1,402 to 6,527 in 2016, registering a growth rate of just over 365 percent.
As part of its drive to develop the tourism sector and help diversify its economy, the Kingdom this week launched a huge Red Sea tourism project that aims to develop 50 islands and other coastal areas into luxury resorts, set against the backdrop of the ancient ruins at Mada’in Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Saudi Embassy issues warning over London acid attacks

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GREG WILCOX
Fri, 2017-08-04 06:30
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LONDON: The Saudi Embassy in London has warned nationals and residents of the Kingdom to be careful in the city after a huge rise in the number of acid attacks, with the mayor saying he is “deeply concerned” by the increase.
The embassy’s advice comes as crimes using corrosive substances in the UK capital jumped in 2016 to 431 from 261 in 2015, a rise of 74 percent, Metropolitan Police figures show. So far this year, there have been 282 attacks.
That has resulted in increased public awareness and fear of the new scourge on London’s streets.
The latest attack came on Monday evening in the upmarket Knightsbridge area, popular with Gulf tourists when they visit London. The Metropolitan Police said a 47-year-old man was attacked by two men on a moped, who attempted to steal the man’s watch.
With the rapid rise in attacks, the Saudi Embassy has now urged its citizens to watch out while in the UK capital.
A statement issued by the embassy noted the increasing number of attacks using corrosive liquids by “professional thieves” in London’s tourist hotspots.
“We call upon visiting citizens and residents to exercise caution and avoid walking in alleys and dark places,” the embassy said.
The embassy reiterated the importance of avoiding carrying valuable items, and to tell the police and embassy in the event of an attack.
But while undoubtedly concerned, the mayor of London’s office insisted the capital remained “one of the safest cities in the world,” and as welcoming to visitors as ever.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sadiq Khan told Arab News: “London is the most open, welcoming and cosmopolitan city in the world. Last year, the capital attracted a record 19.1 million overseas visitors who come here to enjoy our unbeatable array of museums, restaurants, shop and theaters.
“London is also one of the safest cities in the world, and acid attacks are rare. The mayor is deeply concerned about the recent increase in these crimes and has been clear that they will not be tolerated.”
The mayor’s office went on to say that the Metropolitan Police is working hard to make the streets hostile territory for the criminals who use mopeds, motorbikes and bicycle. This includes dedicated operations, building intelligence about offenders and ongoing prevention work.
The recent spate of acid attacks has resulted in Deliveroo riders refusing to work in certain areas or past a certain time.
On July 13, a moped rider sprayed acid at six people during a 90-minute rampage. One of the victims was seriously injured, and two were Deliveroo riders.
The food-delivery company has said it will hire 50 staff dedicated to ensure the safety of its riders, as well as fit GoPro cameras on their drivers’ helmets as protection against attacks.
These moves come on the back of medics calling for the public to be educated on what to do in the aftermath of an attack.
Intervention by bystanders could “substantially improve the outcome” of acid attacks, senior figures from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Barts Health NHS Trust said.

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Saudi Embassy issues warning over London acid attacks

Author: 
GREG WILCOX
Fri, 2017-08-04 06:30
ID: 
1501805811605489700

LONDON: The Saudi Embassy in London has warned nationals and residents of the Kingdom to be careful in the city after a huge rise in the number of acid attacks, with the mayor saying he is “deeply concerned” by the increase.
The embassy’s advice comes as crimes using corrosive substances in the UK capital jumped in 2016 to 431 from 261 in 2015, a rise of 74 percent, Metropolitan Police figures show. So far this year, there have been 282 attacks.
That has resulted in increased public awareness and fear of the new scourge on London’s streets.
The latest attack came on Monday evening in the upmarket Knightsbridge area, popular with Gulf tourists when they visit London. The Metropolitan Police said a 47-year-old man was attacked by two men on a moped, who attempted to steal the man’s watch.
With the rapid rise in attacks, the Saudi Embassy has now urged its citizens to watch out while in the UK capital.
A statement issued by the embassy noted the increasing number of attacks using corrosive liquids by “professional thieves” in London’s tourist hotspots.
“We call upon visiting citizens and residents to exercise caution and avoid walking in alleys and dark places,” the embassy said.
The embassy reiterated the importance of avoiding carrying valuable items, and to tell the police and embassy in the event of an attack.
But while undoubtedly concerned, the mayor of London’s office insisted the capital remained “one of the safest cities in the world,” and as welcoming to visitors as ever.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sadiq Khan told Arab News: “London is the most open, welcoming and cosmopolitan city in the world. Last year, the capital attracted a record 19.1 million overseas visitors who come here to enjoy our unbeatable array of museums, restaurants, shop and theaters.
“London is also one of the safest cities in the world, and acid attacks are rare. The mayor is deeply concerned about the recent increase in these crimes and has been clear that they will not be tolerated.”
The mayor’s office went on to say that the Metropolitan Police is working hard to make the streets hostile territory for the criminals who use mopeds, motorbikes and bicycle. This includes dedicated operations, building intelligence about offenders and ongoing prevention work.
The recent spate of acid attacks has resulted in Deliveroo riders refusing to work in certain areas or past a certain time.
On July 13, a moped rider sprayed acid at six people during a 90-minute rampage. One of the victims was seriously injured, and two were Deliveroo riders.
The food-delivery company has said it will hire 50 staff dedicated to ensure the safety of its riders, as well as fit GoPro cameras on their drivers’ helmets as protection against attacks.
These moves come on the back of medics calling for the public to be educated on what to do in the aftermath of an attack.
Intervention by bystanders could “substantially improve the outcome” of acid attacks, senior figures from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Barts Health NHS Trust said.

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Saudi Embassy issues warning over London acid attacks

Author: 
GREG WILCOX
Fri, 2017-08-04 06:30
ID: 
1501805811605489700

LONDON: The Saudi Embassy in London has warned nationals and residents of the Kingdom to be careful in the city after a huge rise in the number of acid attacks, with the mayor saying he is “deeply concerned” by the increase.
The embassy’s advice comes as crimes using corrosive substances in the UK capital jumped in 2016 to 431 from 261 in 2015, a rise of 74 percent, Metropolitan Police figures show. So far this year, there have been 282 attacks.
That has resulted in increased public awareness and fear of the new scourge on London’s streets.
The latest attack came on Monday evening in the upmarket Knightsbridge area, popular with Gulf tourists when they visit London. The Metropolitan Police said a 47-year-old man was attacked by two men on a moped, who attempted to steal the man’s watch.
With the rapid rise in attacks, the Saudi Embassy has now urged its citizens to watch out while in the UK capital.
A statement issued by the embassy noted the increasing number of attacks using corrosive liquids by “professional thieves” in London’s tourist hotspots.
“We call upon visiting citizens and residents to exercise caution and avoid walking in alleys and dark places,” the embassy said.
The embassy reiterated the importance of avoiding carrying valuable items, and to tell the police and embassy in the event of an attack.
But while undoubtedly concerned, the mayor of London’s office insisted the capital remained “one of the safest cities in the world,” and as welcoming to visitors as ever.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sadiq Khan told Arab News: “London is the most open, welcoming and cosmopolitan city in the world. Last year, the capital attracted a record 19.1 million overseas visitors who come here to enjoy our unbeatable array of museums, restaurants, shop and theaters.
“London is also one of the safest cities in the world, and acid attacks are rare. The mayor is deeply concerned about the recent increase in these crimes and has been clear that they will not be tolerated.”
The mayor’s office went on to say that the Metropolitan Police is working hard to make the streets hostile territory for the criminals who use mopeds, motorbikes and bicycle. This includes dedicated operations, building intelligence about offenders and ongoing prevention work.
The recent spate of acid attacks has resulted in Deliveroo riders refusing to work in certain areas or past a certain time.
On July 13, a moped rider sprayed acid at six people during a 90-minute rampage. One of the victims was seriously injured, and two were Deliveroo riders.
The food-delivery company has said it will hire 50 staff dedicated to ensure the safety of its riders, as well as fit GoPro cameras on their drivers’ helmets as protection against attacks.
These moves come on the back of medics calling for the public to be educated on what to do in the aftermath of an attack.
Intervention by bystanders could “substantially improve the outcome” of acid attacks, senior figures from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Barts Health NHS Trust said.

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