Saudi justice ministry holds training program against terrorism funding, money laundering

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice concluded a training program aimed at combating terrorism funding and money laundering. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice concluded a training program aimed at combating terrorism funding and money laundering. (SPA)
Updated 06 October 2018
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Saudi justice ministry holds training program against terrorism funding, money laundering

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice concluded a training program aimed at combating terrorism funding and money laundering.
More than 300 judges from Saudi criminal courts took part in the program, which was held at the Judicial Training Center and aimed to support participants’ executive judicial skills.
The program also highlighted the legal development of money laundering and terrorism financing crimes, their domains and knowing the indicators for money laundering.
A recent report by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) commended the Kingdom for making drastic changes to the way it combats money laundering, terrorism funding and arms proliferation.
The Kingdom has proven its understanding of the risks it faces by its measures to address them, the report said.
Saudi Arabia has a strong legal framework to implement targeted financial sanctions imposed by the UN on terrorists without delay, the report added.
Last year, Saudi Arabia introduced the new Anti-Money Laundering Law. Under the new law, the penalty for money laundering will be between three and 15 years imprisonment or a fine of up to SR7 million ($1.87 million). AN Jeddah
A money laundering crime, according to the new law, includes conducting any transaction involving property or proceeds with the knowledge that they are the result of criminal activity or originate from an illegitimate source in order to disguise, protect or help that source or any other person involved in the original crime through which the property or proceeds were obtained.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.