Saudi Shoura to discuss proposed amendments to Anti-Information Crimes Law

Updated 25 September 2017
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Saudi Shoura to discuss proposed amendments to Anti-Information Crimes Law

RIYADH: The Shoura Council is today scheduled to discuss proposed amendments to several articles of the Anti-Information Crimes Law issued by Royal Decree No. (M/17) dated 8/8/1428.
The proposed amendments are contained in a report by the Committee on Transport, Communications and Information Technology, local media reported.
The amendments include the addition of a penalty for the use of information services in any form of abuse toward a person or a public institution, which will be considered a crime of defamation.
Punishment for the perpetrator will be a fine of not more than SR5,000 ($1,333) and imprisonment for a period of not more than one year.
The same punishment would also be imposed on those disclosing information of individuals or institutions, or disclosing ways to access information in any manner.
In its recommendation to the Shoura Council, the committee requested the amendment of some articles to limit the incidence of informatics crimes.
Modifying some articles of the law aims to keep abreast of the rapid developments witnessed by the technology sector and its various means and applications.
Fayez Al-Aziz Al-Harqan, and former council members Awad Al-Asmari and Jibril Arishi, who submitted amendments to the law, stressed that practical application of the law and technical developments proved that there was an urgent need to amend and add new materials to the Anti-Information Crimes Law.
The proponents attributed the proposal to the technical developments that followed the issuance of the law, the emergence of new forms of misuse of technology and networks, and the imbalance between the materials and the crimes that emerged as a result of the tremendous development of technology and its uses.
They stressed the importance of introducing changes to the overall objectives of the law, noting the misuse of electronic media at the levels of individuals and institutions.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.