Fighting between man’s two wives: Lashes set for 15

Updated 22 September 2016

Fighting between man’s two wives: Lashes set for 15

JEDDAH: A court in Jeddah has ruled that 15 people are to be lashed, including the husband of two women whose quarrel led relatives to intervene.
The fight started when the husband brought the second wife he had recently married to the house where his first wife lived.
The two wives got into conflict, which escalated into a melee when they called their families to intervene.
The first wife sued the husband, accusing him of having been violent, of having announced that he was divorcing her and of having thrown her and their son on the building’s staircase.
According to a medical report issued by the King Fahd Hospital for the wife, her femur had been broken during the incident, so she had to be taken to hospital and have surgery performed on her; it reportedly took her three months to recover.
Listening to the testimony of the husband, the two wives, and members of the women’s families, and viewing the medical reports, led the court to rule 20 lashes each for 14 members of the two families and 50 lashes for the husband.
Moreover, the judge also ruled that the husband has to pay SR80,000 for physical damages and assault to his first wife.


Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 August 2019

Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

  • The website of a cryptocurrency company is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal
  • The Singapore-based company uses the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are trying to lure victims into investing in a “virtual currency” with false claims that it is linked to the Saudi riyal and will be used to finance key projects, the Saudi Ministry of Finance warned on Tuesday.

The website of a cryptocurrency company in Singapore is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal, using the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree. Its “ultimate goal” is to finance NEOM, the smart city and tourist destination being built in the north of the Kingdom, the company claims.

“Any use of the KSA name, national currency or national emblem by any entity for virtual or digital currencies marketing will be subject to legal action by the competent authorities in the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

The fraudsters were exploiting ignorance of how virtual currencies work, cryptocurrency expert Dr. Assad Rizq told Arab News.

“A lot of tricks can be played,” he said. “Some of these companies are not regulated, they have no assets, and even their prospectus is sometimes copied from other projects.

“They hype and pump their project so the price goes up. Inexpert investors, afraid of missing out, jump in, which spikes the price even higher. Then the owners sell up and make tons of money.

“Cryptocurrencies are a risky investment for two reasons. First, the sector is not yet fully regulated and a lot of projects use fake names and identities, such as countries’ names or flags, to manipulate investors.

“Second, you have to do your homework, learn about the technology. And if you still want to invest, consider your country’s rules and regulations.”