Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Updated 30 October 2013

Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Two of the six members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), who were involved in a Riyadh car chase that resulted in the death of two men on Saudi National Day (Sept. 23), will face charges of causing the accident, but not murder.
This was reportedly confirmed by investigators on Tuesday. The other four members face charges of providing misleading information during the course of the investigation. The accused have denied this charge.
The six members are being held at the Olaya police station and will be taken to the general prison in preparation for their trial.
The investigators have informed the family of the two brothers — Nasser Al-Qoos, 24, and Saud, 22 — about the results of the investigation and the list of charges filed against the Haia members.
If a court finds them guilty, the punishment would be limited to the payment of blood money to the family of the two brothers, a legal source said. The two Haia members allegedly chased the victims, resulting in them running a traffic light, hitting a taxi and then a bridge fence before plunging from the King Fahd Road overpass onto Imam Mohammed bin Saud Road, near the Riyadh Gallery Mall.
The Haia members fled the scene, but a motorist recorded the incident on his phone. The older brother died at the scene, while the other one succumbed to brain injuries in hospital.
The Haia has banned its members from chasing suspects in their vehicles.

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 49 min 9 sec ago

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.


Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.



Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.