KSA, Yemen sign pact on exchange of prisoners

Updated 21 July 2014

KSA, Yemen sign pact on exchange of prisoners

Saudi Arabia and Yemen have signed an agreement to extradite their countries’ prisoners to serve part of their prison terms in home countries.
The Ministry of Interior and the Yemeni Ministry of Justice will be responsible for implementing the agreement.
The agreement also stipulates that the two countries notify one another of judicial rulings involving their citizens, including prison sentences.
Prisoners will be transferred depending on whether the offenses for which they are being held constitute a crime in both countries.
In addition, both countries will be obliged to approve prisoner transfer requests for the ruling to be binding.
Defendants must also agree to their own transfer, either in writing or through the consent of legal representatives or relatives, and should have to serve at least six months in order to be eligible for extradition.
Extradition requests can be denied if the transfer is considered high-risk or if the facts within the case had been proven in the same country the conviction was announced.
Prisoners can also be denied transfer if they have failed to pay off fines.
The new agreement has no time limit and both countries can request extra information or documentation related to the transfer at any time.
In addition, defendants must be citizens of either country at the time they filed their petitions for transfer.
The two sides will also be obliged to prove that detainees are, in fact, nationals of their countries.
The authorities of both countries will be legally bound to ensure that inmates serve the remainder of their prison terms without amending the duration or any other clause in the original rulings.
Authorities will also be obliged to abide by the maximum time limit set for implementing convictions.
The country receiving the convicts can issue a private or public amnesty for these prisoners only on consent from the country where the conviction was announced.
Neither countries can call for a retrial once the prisoners arrive home.

National Day events to explore Saudi heritage, civilization

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National Day events to explore Saudi heritage, civilization

  • General Authority for Culture (GAC) organizing folk festivals, music concerts, arts exhibitions, during the Kingdom's 88th National Day celebrations

JEDDAH: Poets, authors, artists and folk musicians are gearing up for a host of cultural events organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) to mark celebration of the 88th Saudi National Day around the Kingdom.

These activities, in which citizens and residents participate, include folk festivals, poetry evenings, music concerts, arts shows, film events, and interactive activities.

GAC has organized the “Adwaa wa Atyaf” (lights and spectra) event in Riyadh, which includes a range of activities such as falling green balloons, 3D visual shows, horse shows, sand painting shows, and many others.

The Culture Authority celebrates aviation in Riyadh by playing live national music for the passengers. It has also organized an arts exhibition in Riyadh and a pavilion for cultural heritage.

Between Sep. 19 and 27 a variety of cultural events will run in the provinces of Al-Kharj, Al-Majma’ah, Al-Aflaj, and Thadig, including theatrical performances, poetry evenings, poetry recital competitions, children-only events, women-only events, events for the Ensan Organization for orphans, and cultural seminars.

In Jeddah, GAC has organized the “Naghmet Watan,” a traditional Saudi music event, on Sep. 22. It aims to explore the evolution of the Saudi folklore as well as the Kingdom’s civilization and its heritage, cultural and artistic development through folk music concerts performed by emerging young singers.

In Tabuk, cultural events will take place between Sep. 23 and 25. The program includes a poetry evening, a folk night, and a contest for the best poem, picture, tweet, and article.

The “Lilwatan Maw’ed” (the day of the homeland) event will be held in Al-Ahsa between Sep. 23 and 27. It includes a performance of the Saudi traditional Ardha dance, cultural seminars, and a show about the founder of Saudi Arabia, the late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

GAC has organized the “Ya Dar Nestahlak” (we deserve our homeland) event to be held in Buraidah on Sep. 24. This event includes performances by a folk arts band, a photography exhibition, theatrical performances, poetry evenings, and cultural seminars.

In Taif on Sep. 25, the Omsiyat Watan or Saudi evening event will be held, accompanied by a lecture about Taif, an art exhibition, and live poetry recitals.

The Laylat Aflam or movie night event is to be held in Jizan. It will feature the national film “Joud,” which discusses the status of the Kingdom in the Islamic world as well as its cultural and heritage status.

GAC has organized the “Qalo Aan Al-Watan” (they said about Saudi) event in Najran for poets and authors. The event also features a documentary film.

In Al-Jawf, the “Ihtifaliyat Watan” to be held between Sep. 23 and 25 will include poetry and writing competition as well as interactive activities for children.