22 people arrested for 'incitement' and violating Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law

Updated 05 October 2017
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22 people arrested for 'incitement' and violating Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law

JEDDAH: The Saudi Presidency of State Security arrested 22 people, including a Qatari citizen and 21 Saudi citizens, after they were found guilty directly or indirectly of the involvement in stirring incitement to commit acts criminalized by law, an official source at the Presidency said.
The competent authority in the Saudi state security service has "monitored a circulated video clips on social media websites that include different topics, which ignite the public interest and stir feelings towards issues that are still in consideration."
The source has also said that these videos include direct and indirect incitement to commit acts against the law and order, or raising issues against the interest of the people and their requirements to prevent its use.
The presidency managed to identify those who posted these videos and arrest them including a Qatari and 21 Saudis. They are currently being investigated for motives and affiliations.
The measures taken by the presidency are based on the Anti-Cyber Crime Law.
According to Article 6 of the law, it is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a fine of not more than SAR3 million or one of these penalties for a number of crimes, including the production of anything that violates public order, religious values, morals, the inviolability of private life, or preparation, transmission or storage of it through the Internet or a computer.
The Presidency of State Security said that it will not tolerate anyone who commits such crimes and will vigorously and resolutely confront those who seek to undermine the security and stability of the country.


Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

There was an explosion of joy at the podium when Antonio Felix da Costa lifted the winner’s trophy at the conclusion of the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

  • Three-day event at Ad Diriyah reaches spectacular climax in an unprecedented spirit of openness

The driver with the winner’s trophy was Antonio Felix da Costa — but the real winners were Saudi Arabia itself, and more than 1,000 tourists visiting the country for the first time.

Da Costa, the Andretti Motorsport driver, won the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in front of thousands of race fans at a custom-built track in the historic district on the outskirts of Riyadh.

But in truth, the event was about much more than high-tech electric cars hurtling round a race track — thrilling though that was. The three-day festival of motorsport, culture and entertainment was Saudi Arabia’s chance to prove that it can put on a show to rival anything in the world, and which only two years ago would have been unthinkable.

The event was also the first to be linked to the Sharek electronic visa system, allowing foreigners other than pilgrims or business visitors to come to Saudi Arabia.

Jason, from the US, is spending a week in the country with his German wife, riding quad bikes in the desert and visiting heritage sites. “I’ve always wanted to come for many, many years ... I’m so happy to be here and that they’re letting us be here,” he said.

Aaron, 40, a software engineer, traveled from New York for two days. “Saudi Arabia has always been an exotic place ... and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to come here,” he said.

About 1,000 visitors used the Sharek visa, a fraction of what Saudi Arabia aims eventually to attract. 

“Hopefully we will learn from this and see what we need to do for the future, but I can tell you from now that there is a lot of demand,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice chairman of the General Sports Authority.

His optimism was backed by Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a visitor to Ad Diriyah. “Such events will attract tourists and are a true celebration for young Saudis who desire a bright future,” he said.

“The vision of moderate Islam, promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is important both for the region and the entire world, and its realization needs to be appreciated, respected and supported.”

The event ended on Saturday night with a spectacular show by US band OneRepublic and the superstar DJ David Guetta. “Just when you think things can’t get better, they suddenly do,” said concertgoer Saleh Saud. “This is the new Saudi Arabia, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.”