Lawyers ready to help girl beaten by Haia members

Updated 14 February 2016
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Lawyers ready to help girl beaten by Haia members

JEDDAH: The Nakheel mall case has continued to grab the limelight, with a number of lawyers now offering their services to the girl who was roughed up by some Haia members in Riyadh.
Some people also expressed, through social media, their support to Mubarak Al-Dosari, the security guard of the mall who had come to the girl’s rescue, and resigned from the job after he was suspended for his action, local media reported on Saturday.
The girl drew the wrath of the Haia squad members near the mall in Riyadh a few days ago because she had reportedly refused to cover her face and stop for queries. According to reports, she later covered her face but was still manhandled by the squad.
An inquiry ordered by Haia (Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) later found excesses by the Haia squad and also blamed the girl for some faults. Haia said it already took appropriate action against its members involved in the incident.
Speaking in support of the girl, lawyer Ibrahim Al-Abadi, a former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution told the publication that every lawyer must handle a certain number of lawsuits free of charge.
“This comes within the social responsibility of individuals and corporates. The Ministry of Justice has put in place a list of lawyers who can handle lawsuits without taking fees if the people involved cannot find a party to defend their rights.”
Saad Al-Malki, another lawyer, agreed with him and said that the initiative comes within the framework of social responsibility of lawyers. He said the Saudi society has witnessed many such social initiatives in all fields.
The security guard, Al-Dosari, confirmed in a video clip that the Haia members dragged the girl. “They chased the girl for about half an hour before she fell and a part of her body was exposed to the public as the video footage showed,” he said.
Al-Dosari said he was surprised when the Haia member violently grabbed the girl in an attempt to arrest her, which prompted him to intervene and release her from his grip and help her to escape in a school bus.


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.