Website founder to 7 years in jail

Updated 01 August 2013
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Website founder to 7 years in jail

A criminal court in Jeddah has sentenced the founder of a website to seven years in jail and 500 lashes for disturbing public order, violating Islamic law and values, insulting the divine and satirizing religious symbols, a local newspaper has reported.
Prior to the verdict, several hearings were held in both the general and criminal courts in Jeddah, where the general court refused to pass a death sentence.
The case was referred to the Appeal Court, which returned it to the criminal court. 
The defendant objected to the ruling after the court judge granted him 30 days to submit his objection. 
The general prosecutor of the court demanded severe sanctions against the defendant according to Article 6 (the first paragraph), and Article 9 of the law to combat information crimes. He demanded confiscation of the computer used in the crime according to Article 13 of the same law. 
He had charged the defendant with violating the law to combat information crimes by establishing a website that disturbed public order and incited others to do the same.
He presented evidence by referring to the number of the interactive communications on the website, including anti-religious connotations and other such phrases.


Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi ballistic missile heading targeting Jazan

This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan. (Reuters)
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Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi ballistic missile heading targeting Jazan

  • Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning
  • This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Jazan early Monday morning, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
The Arab coalition’s spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said no civilians were reported injured by the rocket fragments scattered across residential areas.
This is not the first incident where the Houthis have targeted civilian areas in Saudi Arabia, last week the air defense forces intercepted another missile aiming at Jazan
“Such hostile and random acts carried out by the Houthi militia prove the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in the Yemeni war,” Al-Maliki said at the time.
“Iran has been, and still is, supporting the armed militia by providing them with qualitative capabilities. This support comes as a clear and explicit defiance of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the Kingdom and regional and global security,” he added.