Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 13 February 2019

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

  • Cabinet welcomes launch of megaprojects, Saudi satellite

RIYADH: King Salman on Tuesday issued a royal decree to transfer investigations and prosecutions of customs cases to the Public Prosecution, instead of the General Customs Authority, within a period not exceeding three months.
The approval came after the attorney general said the Public Prosecution is ready to exercise its jurisdiction in the investigation of customs crimes.
Also on Tuesday, the Saudi Cabinet welcomed the launch of megaprojects by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his visit to the Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, where he was briefed on the ongoing expansion work.
The Cabinet authorized the crown prince and ministers to sign 15 memoranda of understanding (MoU) with a number of countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Cabinet’s weekly meeting, which was chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, also welcomed the launch of the King Abdullah Port by the crown prince in Rabigh on Monday and tourism megaprojects in Al-Ula on Sunday.
The ministers also welcomed the successful launch of the first Saudi communications satellite, SGS-1, which will be operated and controlled from stations inside the Kingdom.
The Cabinet authorized the crown prince to amend part of the agreement to establish a high-level committee between Saudi Arabia and China.
The Cabinet authorized the energy minister to complete negotiations with Pakistan to sign MoUs on renewable energy, and study investment opportunities in the refinery, petrochemical and mineral resources sectors.
It authorized the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to work out an MoU for cooperation in the archaeology and museum sectors with Pakistan.
It authorized the crown prince to sign an agreement to establish a Saudi-Indian Supreme Coordination Council, approve the organizational structure of the council and its proposed governance.


Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Updated 22 August 2019

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

  • Houthis claimed 10 drones which hit a Saudi natural gas liquefaction plant
  • The Arab coalition said the Houthis are becoming desperate because of their losses

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks,

And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis.