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.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince orders restoration and renovation of 130 historical mosques

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince orders restoration and renovation of 130 historical mosques

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the restoration of 130 historical mosques within the National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) in partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.
The support he provided to develop historical mosques covered in the first phase the restoration of 30 mosques in 10 regions, at a cost of more than SR50 million ($13 million).
The National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques is one of the programs adopted by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTH and founder of Al-Turath Charitable Foundation, as part of his concern to take care of and serve mosques and the Islamic architectural heritage. The foundation has undertaken to document and restore a number of mosques of historical value since its launching of the program in 1998.
The program has received the support of the country’s leaders, businessmen benefactors and the regions’ governors. King Salman sponsored the launching of the program to restore and renovate historical mosques in Ad Diriyah and Jeddah, and donated the renovation costs of Al-Hanafi mosque in Jeddah.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s support for the historical mosques comes from his belief in their importance in the Islamic religion and architectural heritage along with the historical, social and cultural richness they represent.
The crown prince’s support is considered the most generous in the Kingdom’s history, given the number of mosques and the overall cost since the launching of the program 20 years ago. The support is in coordination and partnership with SCTNH’s National Program for the Restoration of Historic Mosques, which was launched by the Al-Turath Charitable Foundation before it became a joint program with the SCTH and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, three years ago.
The crown prince’s project for the development of historical mosques will reinforce concern to develop the Kingdom’s historical and heritage regions and restore the mosques to receive worshippers again after they have been abandoned in previous years. The Kingdom has witnessed a rapid architectural growth and thus has neglected most of the old and historical mosques and destroyed some others, which are bein replaced by new mosques. The program will take care of these neglected mosques.
Work teams have started formulating the project action plan under the directions of the crown prince. The first phase covers 30 mosques that will be restored: Each mosque will be ready to receive more than 4,000 worshippers.
The crown prince’s support for this program is among many other contributions to societal and human projects, including the SR100 million donation for charitable associations and his support for the release of prisoners with SR19 million.