Grand Mufti: Judges must be impartial

Updated 07 December 2012
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Grand Mufti: Judges must be impartial

The Grand Mufti and Chairman of the Board of Scholars, Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, demanded that judges avoid any differences in their judgments. He said that people should be judged as the same, with no prejudice or bias according to poverty or affluence.
During a meeting with the heads of departments of administrative appeal in Riyadh, he emphasized that the Shariah (Islamic law) contains solution to all issues without any contradiction. Judges should be familiar with all that has been written by Shariah scholars when issuing judgments, he said.
Al-Asheikh called for the establishment of a unified technical system for judgments in all divisions of the Court of Grievances so that every judge will have a precedent set before him.
Abdul Aziz Al Nasar, the director of the Court of Grievances, said that the stalled cases in the court account for no more than 1.5 percent of all cases. The number of judges working in the court stands at more than 485.
As for linking all divisions of the court together through a technical system, he said that such a system already exists. He pointed out that there are 12 buildings dedicated to the court, as well as two others rented in Tabuk and Baha.
Nasar said that the court never rejects any action filed before it within its jurisdiction, referring to the intentions of businessmen to file a lawsuit concerning the decision of the Ministry of Labor to raise foreign labor fees to SR 2,400.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 44 min 43 sec ago
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.