Jail, lashes for slapping and spitting at wife

Updated 14 November 2015
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Jail, lashes for slapping and spitting at wife

DAMMAM: A court of appeals has confirmed the ruling of a lower court sentencing a man to 30 lashes for slapping his wife and spitting on her last week.
The citizen, who has not been named by the local media, was jailed for a week after assaulting his wife by slapping and spitting at her face in the Eastern Province, according to online news website Sabq.
According to the report, the brother of the wife had filed a formal complaint with authorities reporting the assault on his sister by her husband who had allegedly hit her twice on the face.
According to the details of the case presented in court, the husband has confessed to the assault and justified hitting his wife after she had "gone out of the house several times without seeking his permission."
The judge reportedly issued an order for the wife to abide by her husband's request not to leave the house without his permission but he also ordered the husband to one week's jail time and 30 lashes for having broken the law on assault.
The ruling was applauded by many users on social media as a step in the right direction in ending domestic violence in Saudi Arabia.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”