King appoints 16 judges

Updated 17 May 2013

King appoints 16 judges

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has issued a royal decree promoting and appointing 18 judges at the Saudi Court of Grievances.
Shaikh Abdul Aziz Al-Nassar, chairman of the Grievances Court, said the royal order stipulated the promotion of two judges and the appointment of 16 others.
Al-Nassar said the royal order reinforces King Abdullah’s keenness to support and develop the judiciary.
“We highly appreciate the king’s interest and his move to appoint more judges. This will surely help us in removing obstacles we face in the judiciary in general. We thank the king for his efforts to support and upgrade the judiciary, for which the king has created a project entitled “King Abdullah Project for the Development of Judiciary,” he said.
“These appointments will surely help the courts in expediting the disposal of cases. It is our objective that all cases receive fair and diligent review in order to make justice prevail,” he said.
In March, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) said the Kingdom is in need of more judges despite the appointment of 200 judges annually.
The council is planning to recruit and train 2,000 judges to help meet demand.
Current appointments count for a fifth of graduates of Shariah and Islamic study faculties.
The council had asked Kingdom’s universities to nominate qualified graduates for a judicial career.
Courts and judicial centers are also spread unequally across provinces and cities of the country.
In Riyadh, there are only 45 judges, which is inadequate to meet the demands of its population.
The SJC is developing the country’s judicial system.
It has adopted a draft on judicial and academic career accreditation standards.
It will inform universities of the output needed in the number of study hours, subjects and supporting skills.
Ahmad Jamaan Al-Malki, a lawyer and member of the Arab Lawyers Union, said article 6 of the Saudi Judicial System grants the Supreme Judicial Council the authority to appoint judges and issue selection rules for candidates.
The system’s article 31 stipulates a candidate must be a holder of a Shariah college degree from Saudi Arabia or an equivalent certificate.
The impending shortage of judges is the main reason behind the increased backlog in cases. Court dates can be set up to five months before a hearing.

King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018

King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.