Reformation: Wild party duo ordered to dig graves

Updated 10 June 2015
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Reformation: Wild party duo ordered to dig graves

JEDDAH: Two young women and two men who were caught together at a wild party that involved in dancing and singing at a beach resort have been given interesting alternative sentences.
The Criminal Court in Jeddah ordered the two girls to visit 10 patients at an intensive care unit of a government hospital, while the two young men will be digging five graves.
Sources quoted by a local daily said the prosecutor has objected to the sentence. He has decided to challenge the verdict.
A number of judges across the Kingdom prefer issuing alternative sentences, or non-jail sentences.
Judge Yasser Al-Balawi at the criminal court in Tabuk is well-known for such sentences.
He described this approach as a means of sparing the guilty and their families of the negative impact as a result of jail sentences, such as family problems, negative societal perceptions about prisoners and potential unemployment, which could exacerbate crime levels in the long run.
Many specialists and experts have called for application of alternative sentences during the Haj season in place of harsher sentences such as lashing or jail as a means to reduce punishment and provide services to pilgrims.
Services could include guiding pilgrims, working in Tawafa organizations and helping pilgrims collect stones for Jamrat rituals, among others.
According to a judicial source, application of such alternative sentences during the Haj season is already in place, and there is an objection to replacing harsher penalties with community-based penalties that will serve the greater public interest, noting that the application of these sentences is up to the circuit judge who decides what is appropriate in each case.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.