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6,000-year-old relic handed to Saudi government

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) honors Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk for giving the relic to the commission. (SPA)

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

Abusive Saudi Prince arrested by order of King Salman

Archive picture of previous Riyadh police arrests. (file photo - courtesy: Okaz)

JEDDAH: Riyadh Police have arrested a member of the Saudi royal family who abused citizens verbally and physically in a widely spread video that went viral over the past few days.
The arrest came at the orders of Saudi King Salman who issued an immediate warrant for Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the imprisonment of all those involved in abusive behavior towards citizens.
According to local media reports which broke over night, the Saudi king's orders state that none of the accused are released until the testimonies of the victims and violators are heard, and a court ruling is issued.
The king's orders stressed that the law must apply to everyone, and that equal protection to all is granted under the law, regardless of their status.
Many Saudis celebrated the news as they shared leaked videos of what seems to be the arrest of Prince Saud late last night.

Over the past few days, disturbing footage showing abusive actions committed by Prince Saud and a number of associates were widely spread and have triggered angry reactions.
This is not the first time legal action is swiftly and publicly taken against a member of the Saudi royal family.
Last October, the Ministry of Interior said Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer was executed in Riyadh for killing Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdulkareem Al-Muhaimeed, a fellow Saudi citizen.
According to a ministry statement at the time, the prince shot to death Al-Muhaimeed during a mass brawl.

 

King Salman reviews Al-Faisaliah housing, administrative project

King Salman receives princes, ministers, scholars and a group of citizens at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

JEDDAH: King Salman reviewed a model and PowerPoint presentation of Al-Faisaliah housing and administrative project in Makkah, at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday.
King Salman issued a directive to call the project Al-Faisaliah in appreciation of the late King Faisal’s care for Makkah province.
He thanked his adviser Prince Khaled Al-Faisal for his efforts in developing Makkah, of which he is governor.
“I am honored to be Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, because he who serves the Two Holy Mosques serves Islam and Muslims,” King Salman said.
“Our country is the place of Islam and Arabism, and we are honored by God when He sent down His Book to an Arab Prophet. I ask Allah to lead us to what He likes, and ask Him to lead Prince Khaled to serve his country, religion and nation.”

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi interior minister discuss common issues, counterterrorism

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holds talks with Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, deputy prime minister and defense minister, met in Jeddah on Wednesday with Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji.
They discussed issues of common interest and counterterrorism efforts.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi, Director General of General Investigations Abdul Aziz Al-Hoireny, and an official Iraqi delegation accompanying Al-Araji.
Earlier, the crown prince also chaired a meeting of the Council for Political and Security Affairs.
During the meeting, the council listened to a political and security briefing on a number of topics, in addition to regional and international developments, and made necessary recommendations.