KSA, Yemen sign pact on exchange of prisoners

Updated 21 July 2014
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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.


‘Masam’ project is Saudi Arabia’s new humanitarian gift

Updated 21 June 2018
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‘Masam’ project is Saudi Arabia’s new humanitarian gift

  • The Kingdom’s support for humanitarian causes around the world stems from its policy of cooperation between nations and peoples to promote world peace
  • Saudi Arabia has duly earned the title of “Kingdom of Humanity” as the world’s biggest supporter of all forms of relief work

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is about to launch its new humanitarian project “Masam” on Monday, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
This project has come out of the teachings of Islam, which calls for helping needy people, and for the preservation of human life, dignity and health. It promotes the humanitarian role of the Kingdom and its global mission in this field.
The Kingdom’s support for humanitarian causes around the world stems from its policy of cooperation between nations and peoples to promote world peace and preserve human achievements disregarding religion or race.
Saudi Arabia has duly earned the title of “Kingdom of Humanity” as the world’s biggest supporter of all forms of relief work, through its humanitarian initiatives, donations and assistance to countries distressed by wars or natural disasters.
On Tuesday, a delegation from KSRelief participated in the meetings of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, which are held annually.