Owners of camels involved in accidents go scot free

Updated 03 March 2015
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Owners of camels involved in accidents go scot free

Legal experts have called for a law that would penalize owners of camels that cause road accidents. “Until now there is no law in Saudi Arabia that would penalize the owner of a stray camel for causing a fatal road accident,” said Ahmed Al-Ashwan, a Saudi lawyer.
Currently, the traffic law considers leaving animals along roadside and highways a sinful act. There is no criminal responsibility on the beast’s owner if the animal causes an accident.
Legal experts argue that this law is not enough to stop accidents caused by straying animals.
Al-Ashwan has called for implementing Article 62 of the Traffic Law on owners of stray camels once it was proved that they caused the accidents. “The case of such animals should be like the drivers who caused accidents,” he pointed out. The punishment for such an offense is jail for not more than a year or fine of not more than SR10,000 or both, he added.
He says an stray animal causing a road accident is a major issue, requiring preventive action by authorities.
One expert stressed that defamation of the camel owner by publishing his photo in the newspapers was not a solution.
Mutlaq Al-Fagham, manager of a legal consultancy house, said accidents caused by stray animals along highways has not become a phenomenon in the Kingdom, adding that every citizen involved in such an accident has the right to take legal action against owners of stray animals.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.