Two sentenced in Qatif riot case

Updated 08 February 2013
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Two sentenced in Qatif riot case

RIYADH: A court in the Eastern Province on Wednesday sentenced two men to prison terms over riots in the district of Qatif, a judicial source said.
The sentences were among verdicts issued by the court in the case of five men accused of rioting.
One defendant was sentenced to four months, but his release was ordered as he has already spent that long in custody, the source said, requesting anonymity.
The court jailed another to two months after he had been out on bail, the cases of two others were adjourned until Sunday, and a fifth was acquitted for lack of evidence, the source said.
“The prosecution protested the sentences and demanded they be toughened,” he added.
Those sentenced admitted taking part in protests and signed a pledge not to do so in future, the source said.
On Saturday, the court began the trials of an unspecified number of Shiites accused of taking part in illegal rallies and chanting anti-government slogans.

 


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 57 min 34 sec ago
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.