Saudi man sentenced to death for apostasy

Updated 28 February 2015
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Saudi man sentenced to death for apostasy

A court in Hafr al-Batin has sentenced a Saudi citizen to death for insulting Allah, as well as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatima, a local daily reported.
The court issued a preliminary ruling based on charges leveled by the prosecutor against the citizen who was charged with insulting the Prophet (pbuh) by tearing up pages of the Holy Qur'an and posting videos on social media sites.
The defendant rejected the ruling and the case has been referred to the Court of Appeals, the paper said.
The defendant, whose case is known as the “Hafr Al-Batin apostasy” case, was arrested by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) last year. He was subsequently referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) to face charges of apostasy.
A three-member bench in Hafr Al-Batin ruled that the defendant was guilty of the charges and issued a preliminary death sentence for apostasy, the paper reported.


Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry pumps $500m into public school projects

Updated 7 min 58 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry pumps $500m into public school projects

  • 30 institutions for students in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh will be built

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is spending more than SR500 million on building education “complexes” that will serve 90,000 students in major urban centers.

The Education Ministry, represented by the government-owned Tatweer Buildings Co., on Tuesday, signed an agreement with Al-Mabani Real Estate Co. to build 30 institutions for students in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

The agreements include a short-term plan to establish 10 complexes across the three cities with a combined intake of 30,000 students. These will cost around SR800 million ($213 million) and are expected to be completed in 2022. There is also a long-term plan to set up 20 complexes for 60,000 students costing SR600 million. The complexes will be at locations approved by local authorities. 

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•The education complexes will serve the needs of 90,000 students in the Kingdom.

•Initially, 10 complexes will be built in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh at a cost of SR800 million.

•The first phase will be completed in 2022.

•In the later phase, 20 more complexes are planned at a cost of SR600 million.

Tatweer CEO Fahd Al-Hammad said the agreement represented opportunities for investors interested in building and operating high-quality education infrastructure with “state-of-the-art designs.”

Al-Mabani’s managing director, Abdulrahman Al-Ahmed, said the agreement supported the ministry’s strategy to develop the public sector schools environment through the establishment of complexes.

The agreement was signed under the patronage of Undersecretary of the Minister of Education Dr. Saad Al-Fuhaid and in the presence of Mohammed bin Eid Al-Otaibi, director general of education at the ministry.

Earlier this year, Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia was making efforts to improve the quality of its education sector’s infrastructure by encouraging public-private partnerships.