Terror suspects deny charges

Updated 26 November 2012
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Terror suspects deny charges

Two professors denied charges of incitement against rulers at a special criminal court in Riyadh Saturday.
The charges against Abdullah Al-Hamid and Muhammad Al-Qahtani included seditious acts such as calls to stage demonstrations in public squares, attempts to destabilize the state and society and debunking the national development. Another charge against them was that they accused the intelligence department of detaining more than 30,000 people.
In his defense, Al-Qahtani said he never made a call for uprising against the king or to disobey the ruler. He admitted criticizing the state machinery but it was not a criticism against the rulers. He blamed the public prosecutor for misinterpreting his opposition to the government departments as rebellion against the ruler.
The two defendants also said the prosecutor’s equating them with Khawarij (the first rebel group in the political history of Islam) was an unfair analogy.
The first defendant also said most of the charges made by the prosecution were baseless and did not refer to any tangible deed.
While they did not deny the charge against them that they accused the intelligence department of violating people's human rights, the two requested the judge either to permit them to produce witnesses in the next session to buttress their statements, or ask the Interior Ministry to produce records of daily rations in the intelligence department’s jails.
The defendants demanded that the judge allow the media to publish their names and trial proceedings so that they might not be mistaken for terrorists or extremists.
The judge, however, told the first defendant that his evidence against the prosecution charges were not convincing and that he was contradicting himself in some of his arguments.


Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in Comoros. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

  • The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032
  • The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago

Comoros’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Karhila, has commended the development efforts carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) in his country. 

He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the MWL for its initiative launched by Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

Karhila said during a visit to the headquarters of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD): “The new Comorian government aims to keep this cooperation with the MWL. This would help achieve more developmental and humanitarian projects that serve the Comorian people.”

Secretary-General of the IARCD Abdul Aziz Sarhan said: “The Muslim World League will continue to provide assistance and stand with the needy in all countries around the world.”

Sarhan said that the association carried out various humanitarian, medical and relief projects in the Comoros at a cost of SR10,916,645. These projects benefited 1,104,969 people between 2006 and 2017.

The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032, which benefited 971,333 people. 

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of the Comoros.

The MWL is also building a mosque at a cost of SR200,000 and working on the construction of an artesian well that cost SR130,000, as well as two surface wells at a cost of SR20,000.