Couple jailed for killing housemaid

Updated 16 June 2016
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Couple jailed for killing housemaid

MADINAH: The Jeddah Criminal Court has sentenced a Saudi husband and wife to three and two years respectively for beating and torturing their Asian maid to death, according to a press report on Wednesday.
The sentence included 500 lashes to be divided between the couple, the court announced, rejecting the defendants’ argument that there was “not enough evidence” to find them guilty of the horrific crime.
The maid’s suffering was first brought to the attention of Al-Salamah police station when it received a report from a patrol that an Asian maid had been brought to a hospital in a coma by her sponsor, who claimed she fell from the first floor trying to escape. The woman died after eight days.
The police referred the case to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in Jeddah, resulting in the arrest of the man and his businesswoman wife. The case took a turn when a fellow domestic testified that the victim had not been in good health. In addition, an autopsy revealed that she weighed only 29.2 kg.
The defendants denied the charges against them with their lawyer providing the court with evidence that he claimed exonerated his clients. This included that the cause of death was acute and chronic pulmonary inflammation.


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture took part in a preservation of cultural event organized by the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at the UN headquarters in New York with an international delegation and in conjunction with UNESCO’s “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.”
Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech at the conference in which she affirmed that culture is an essential part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
She also spoke about the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace. “It is a common pursuit of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish,” she added.
The discussion focused on contributing to sustainable development from a local, regional and international perspective based on national experiences.
According to the two main pillars of the United Nations, cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous cultures in sustainable development is vital in achieving many objectives, including “highlighting the relationship between culture and human diversity.”
Also on the agenda was a session on using culture as a tool for change, innovation, empowerment and equality, and addressed issue such as the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace-building.