Jazan court ends minor’s marriage

Updated 27 March 2016
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Jazan court ends minor’s marriage

RIYADH: A court in Abu Aresh in the Jazan region has annulled the marriage of a minor girl and referred the marriage registrar to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP).
The court reportedly summoned the marriage registrar, who conducted the marriage contract, and held him responsible for registering the marriage of a girl not exceeding the age of 15 to a man aged 84 years.
The would-be husband filed a lawsuit with the court against the girl for refusing to respond to his desires and demanded the return of the dowry which amounted to SR90,000.
Meanwhile, experts attributed an increase in cases of child marriage to financial reasons and in particular to a father’s need for money and greed, which leads them to sell their daughters.
They said that the marriage of minors is more prevalent in rural areas and villages due to the lack of education and awareness in addition to a number of tribal customs.
Child marriage has been a controversial issue inside and outside the Kingdom. About five years ago, the Ministry of Justice fixed the minimum age for the marriage of a woman at 15 years.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 20 min 46 sec ago
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.