Lawyer to represent murdered woman

Updated 25 August 2013
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Lawyer to represent murdered woman

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh has hired a Saudi lawyer to plead the case for a Sri Lankan woman who was allegedly killed by her American husband in the Kingdom.
Amaralatha, 41, was married to an American engineer who allegedly killed her over a family dispute in Dammam.
The General Court in Riyadh is currently looking into Amaralatha’s killing after her husband was charged with her murder by a representative from the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution.
A senior official from the mission told Arab News Saturday that the embassy had hired a Saudi lawyer to represent the interests of the deceased to acquire compensation for the murder.
The killing took place in Dammam in 2010. Amaralatha, who hailed from Amparai, 350 km from Colombo, had come to the Kingdom as a housemaid. She was a divorcee and had two children in Colombo at the time of her marriage to the accused.
The diplomat said that if the accused is proven guilty, the mission would request for blood money amounting to $10,000. However, the lawyer of the accused had said that the matter could be resolved out of court for SR10,000 since the accused does not have much money.
The accused, a Christian who converted to Islam while in detention, disposed of the body by stuffing it into a pipeline used for gas and petroleum exploration.
The murder came to light when police in the Eastern Province Governorate received a call from the company where the accused used to work, saying they had found a body in a seated position stuffed in a special well used for gas and petroleum exploration. Police arrested the American on the strength of testimonies given by his Chinese and Saudi co-workers at Saudi Aramco.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”