Saudi twins on trial for killing their mother in Riyadh

Khaled and Saleh
Updated 17 January 2018
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Saudi twins on trial for killing their mother in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh held on Tuesday its first trial session of twins who killed their mother and tried to kill their father and brother on the orders of Daesh.
The public prosecution asked for the death penalty against the twins, Khaled and Saleh. The public prosecutor accused them of following takfiri ideology, stabbing and decapitating their mother, attacking their father and brother with a machete with the intent to kill them, and stealing a car to escape.
The crime was committed in June 2016 in Riyadh’s Al-Hamra neighborhood. According to the Interior Ministry, the twins lured their mother to the storeroom where they killed her; their little sister survived by locking herself in a room.
The twins said in their testimonies that their mother noticed their deviation at an early stage and tried to persuade them to change, but they did not listen.
They added that when she threatened to inform the security authorities about them, they considered her an infidel and decided to kill her. The twins had been outstanding students at an expensive private school.


FaceOf: Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Cameroon

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FaceOf: Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Cameroon

Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher has been serving as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon since 2013. 

Al-Mesher has served at several Saudi embassies around the world. He has also served as the charge d’affairs in Venezuela and Brunei between 2001 and 2003.

He was appointed the charge d’affairs in Gabon in 2011.

Al-Mesher has attended several regional and local conferences and forum covering various topics including combatting terrorism. 

He also represented the Kingdom at UN’s 54th session in New York in January 2000 and at the 13th summit of the Arab League held in Riyadh. 

He was also a member of the administrative management inter-ministerial committee to open information offices in Egypt, America, Japan, France and Germany. Al-Mesher was also part of a team assigned to assess the performance of the Kingdom’s information offices worldwide. 

Al-Mesher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in diplomatic science from the Diplomatic Studies Institute in Riyadh. 

On Saturday, he attended the inauguration ceremony of a Grand Mosque in Cameroon’s Marwa city with other Saudi personalities. The 2,700-square-meter mosque, which was funded by Saudi Arabia, can accommodate 5,000 worshippers, including 400 women in a separate prayer hall.

Another Saudi-funded project, a new extension to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Islamic Center, was also opened on Thursday. It includes nine classrooms, an auditorium, a women’s prayer hall, a large canteen, and the center’s newly renovated mosque.