Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

Updated 01 October 2016
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Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

JEDDAH: An online video showing the wedding party of 85-year-old groom and 15-year-old bride went viral on Thursday and attracted many reactions on the social networking site Twitter.
The person who uploaded the video said that the husband, named Sulaiman Al-Rashidi, is 85 years old and the bride is just 15. He pointed out that the wedding party was a traditional simple one, and that the guests paid the costs of the party.
However, many Twitter users shared a tweet by Rashidi’s son that his father is 74 years old and his bride is 37 years old, not a minor.
“Anyone marrying a minor to another person, or anyone getting married to a minor girl should be punished, imprisoned or pay a fine,” Tareq Al-Omary tweeted.
“Just one of many painful examples of exploiting women; he is 70 years her senior,” Halima Muzaffar wrote on her Twitter page.
Ahmed Al-Hashimi tweeted, “They have sentenced you to death. I wonder what he will call you: A daughter or a servant.”
Heba Mubarak said the video is the modern image of female infanticide in the twenty-first century.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.