Big cities to have family courts

Updated 19 August 2014
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Big cities to have family courts

Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa will launch Tuesday a system of special courts that will deal with family-related legal issues, such as divorce, alimony and custody, said Fahd Al-Bakran, Justice Ministry spokesman.
Civil affairs departments and courts will be established in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam to review such issues, he said.
“This is an extension of earlier efforts aimed at helping Justice Ministry courts bypass general courts and instead, resort to independent courts to get their cases settled,” he said.
Mohammad Mirdad, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council and chairman of a committee formed to implement judicial mechanisms, said these courts would not, however, review litigation procedures, which will remain under the purview of general courts.
Mirdad said commercial courts would follow suit and begin functioning in four months.
Judges and employees working at commercial departments under the Kingdom’s Board of Grievances will be transferred to these courts.
Judges will be trained on how to deal with missions at specialized courts before they assume their responsibilities.
“Labor courts will also eventually follow the same course after commercial courts come into action,” he said.
Labor courts will be established in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor. A specialized committee will train employees and judges and allocate buildings for these labor courts in accordance with Labor Ministry studies and directives.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.