Committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence approves ‘urgent solutions’

Updated 21 December 2018
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Committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence approves ‘urgent solutions’

  • The special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services was formed in response to the Jamal Khashoggi murder
  • A new legal department will review intelligence operations and make sure they comply with international laws and human rights

JEDDAH: A special committee to reform Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services in response to the Jamal Khashoggi murder has approved a series of “urgent solutions.”

The committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the creation of a strategy and development department  to ensure operations are “in line with both the General Intelligence Presidency's strategy and the National Security Strategy.”
A new legal department will review intelligence operations and make sure they comply with international laws and human rights.
And a body will also be set up to evaluate and review intelligence operations.

Competent agents for operations will now be selected by an intelligence activity committee, which will also review operations.
The restructuring was ordered by King Salman after the murder in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Khashoggi on October.
He was killed in the Kingdom’s consulate by a “rogue operation” in a botched attempt to repatriate him, Saudi prosecutors said.
The ministerial committee was formed to restructure the General Intelligence Presidency, “update its statute and regulations, delineate its powers, and evaluate the procedures, methods, and authorities regulating its work,” a statement on SPA said.
The committee is also looking at the chain of command and hierarchy to “guarantees proper functioning and assignment of responsibilities.”

 


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.