Haia, patrol police blamedfor car chase death in Baha

Updated 11 July 2012
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Haia, patrol police blamedfor car chase death in Baha

Police officers and officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) were responsible for the death of a Saudi father killed in a high-speed car chase in Baha province, a high-level committee investigating the incident found yesterday.
The victim’s wife and two children were also seriously injured in the accident in Baljurashi that happened after the officers chased them on Saturday.
The committee said the officers acted on their own accord and did not heed instructions preventing them from chasing people if it was not necessary. It also held the Al-Harbi Company that constructed Al-Humaid flyover where the accident happened accountable because it did not take any precautionary measures to ensure traffic safety, said a report by sabq.org electronic newspaper.
The accident took place at 2.15 a.m. at the flyover along Janoub-Baljurashi Road, the report said. The victim’s Nissan Altima car overturned and went over the flyover.
The committee did not identify the victims of the incident.
However, a local newspaper said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghamdi, 34, died in the incident, while his wife and two children (aged three and five) were injured.
The committee said in its report: “Witnesses said the accident happened while the car driver was chased by Haia officials and patrol police from Shukran recreation center.
“The responsibility for this incident lies with the patrol officers and Haia officials involved.”
Action will also be taken against Al-Harbi Co., it added.
Baha Gov. Prince Mishari bin Saud, who said he would personally follow up the investigation, set up the committee.
He added: “I will also make sure that such incidents are not repeated.”
Prince Mishari emphasized the need for taking utmost care and caution when dealing with human lives.
“We have detained all persons involved in this incident for investigation and those who caused the accident will be prosecuted.”
Meanwhile, Baha Deputy Gov. Hamid Al-Shammari yesterday visited the victim’s children at King Fahd Hospital.
He received an update on their condition and instructed doctors to provide them with the best possible care.

 


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.